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Weapons of Mass Destruction (WMD)

XB-56 Specifications

Span 116ft.
Length 106ft. 7in.
Height 27ft. 9in.
  • Two radar directed .50-cal. machine guns with 1,200 rounds ammunition in a tail turret
  • up to 25,000 lbs. of conventional or nuclear bombs. (max. bomb load was one 25,000 lb. bomb)
  • Engines
  • Four Allison J35-A-23 axial flow turbojet engines
    9,700 lbs. thrust each (estimated) or
  • four Pratt & Whitney J57 dual-rotor axial flow turbojets
    10,000+ lbs. thrust
  • four Allison J71-A-5 axial flow turbojet engines
    10,700 lbs. thrust each
  • Rocket Assisted Take Off
  • One Aerojet YLR-45-AJ-1 or
  • one M.W. Kellogg YLR-47-K-1; each with four rocket chambers of 5,000 lbs. thrust each;
    20,000 lbs. total thrust with 60-second duration.
  • Cruising speed 426 knots
    Range 4,225 nautical miles
    Service Ceiling 42,200
    CrewThree (pilot, copilot-radio operator-gunner, bombardier-navigator)

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