Convair XB-53 forward-swept wing tailless bomber

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...An old NACA Langley clip of wind tunnel tests of this design:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZCPI45YNM0E
 

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Very interesting.

I was asking for a 3d view for this plane, but I found this thread:

http://www.secretprojects.co.uk/forum/index.php/topic,5164.msg102150/highlight,xb-53.html#msg102150

I understand now the A-44 is the same plane than XB-53. Is this correct ?
 

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Yes, correct. The USAF no longer desired an "A for attack" class of aircraft and reallocated A-42 as B-42, A-43 as F-87, A-44 as B-53 and A-45 as B-51.
Of course, being redesignated as a fighter, the A-43 project became a slighty different bird, and the same goes for the B-51 bomber.
 

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Anyone know if XA-44/XB-53 originated as a Convair San Diego or Fort Worth project?
 

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Code One magazine posted this yesterday. I believe the design originated in San Diego. - SP
 

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Here's another GA drawing of the XB-53
(from Lloyd S. Jones "U.S. Bombers B1 - B70", Aero Publishers Inc., 1962)
 

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All these decades I've been reading about and watching videos of aircraft and I don't recall realizing that some wind tunnel tests have been done tethered instead of mounted on a post or lever arm.
 
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