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Bell Museum: "Advanced fighter bomber" concept

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Hi folks,

just found this picture showing a Bell "advanced fighter bomber" concept. It is from the website of the Bell Museum in Mentone, Indiana, which the member Dynoman pointed out earlier today.
Link:: http://bellaircraftmuseum.org/index.php?option=com_easygallery&act=photos&cid=117&Itemid=26
Looks more to me like an interceptor than fighter bomber and I presume it has more than one engine.
Does anyone know more info or the right topic in this forum?

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The fighter-bomber concepts of mid-50s were more little high-altitude Mach 2-plus bombers with all-nuclear weapons (usually one or two) in internal bay than iron bombs carriers. Think of the original concept of the F-105. This Bell smells a mile away of the mysterious FBX competition of 1954-55, which saw the submission of at least Martin's and NAA's designs. The NAA's one is on the cover of ASP-F&I.
 

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Skybolt said:
The fighter-bomber concepts of mid-50s were more little high-altitude Mach 2-plus bombers with all-nuclear weapons (usually one or two) in internal bay than iron bombs carriers. Think of the original concept of the F-105. This Bell smells a mile away of the mysterious FBX competition of 1954-55, which saw the submission of at least Martin's and NAA's designs. The NAA's one is on the cover of ASP-F&I.
I believe the one from NAA was the F-107 which also contested the F-105... SP
 

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Hi!

Nice picture of very unusual aircraft.
I think, that wing's and empennage's airfoil has rhombus hape?
Anyone could prove this suggestion?

Thanks in advance!
 

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Steve, the FBX intended first flight was much later than the F-105/107 contest (probably no earlier than 1960-1), so it was intended as a successor. From what can be derived from different hints and sources, it was issued slightly later than the TBX competition (so in 1954-55), both intended for TAC and ETO, as high-speed, high-altitude nuclear intruders in the vein of the post-Korea all-nuclear strategy of the air war. And a correction, the NAA project I mentioned was on the PROVISIONAL cover of ASP F&I. Another FBX/WS-300A contestant could be this Lockheed I posted here http://www.secretprojects.co.uk/forum/index.php/topic,554.msg58074.html#msg58074 .
FBX/WS-300 was apparently paralled by a similar Navy/USMC RFP (or study requirement, more probably). FBX as such was canceled in late 1956, leaving apparently place to a score of VTOL studies (Lockheed and Ryan, notably). TBX proceeded with Martin winning, till it was canceled in turn. It followed a period of confusion (1958-59), till the TBX mission was assigned to missiles (Gen. Lauris Norstad decision leadng to the MMRBM) and the fighter-bomber mission abandoned VTOL in the short term, turning to STOL attacking under the radar for the 1965 timeframe. That's was the beginning of SDR-17, than QOR/SOR-183 and finally TFX.
 

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Skybolt said:
Steve, the FBX intended first flight was much later than the F-105/107 contest (probably no earlier than 1960-1), so it was intended as a successor. From what can be derived from different hints and sources, it was issued slightly later than the TBX competition (so in 1954-55), both intended for TAC and ETO, as high-speed, high-altitude nuclear intruders in the vein of the post-Korea all-nuclear strategy of the air war. And a correction, the NAA project I mentioned was on the PROVISIONAL cover of ASP F&I. Another FBX/WS-300A contestant could be this Lockheed I posted here http://www.secretprojects.co.uk/forum/index.php/topic,554.msg58074.html#msg58074 .
FBX/WS-300 was apparently paralled by a similar Navy/USMC RFP (or study requirement, more probably). FBX as such was canceled in late 1956, leaving apparently place to a score of VTOL studies (Lockheed and Ryan, notably). TBX proceeded with Martin winning, till it was canceled in turn. It followed a period of confusion (1958-59), till the TBX mission was assigned to missiles (Gen. Lauris Norstad decision leadng to the MMRBM) and the fighter-bomber mission abandoned VTOL in the short term, turning to STOL attacking under the radar for the 1965 timeframe. That's was the beginning of SDR-17, than QOR/SOR-183 and finally TFX.
Good info... Thanks! SP
 

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I think that was D-2004 or D-2006?.
 

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