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Douglas XB-42 Mixmaster and XB-43 Jetmaster

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XB-42 in color...
 

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The XB-42 as it looks today, at NASM Silver Hill.
 

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Thanks for the pics!I didn't realize it was still in existence. It took me years just to find a couple of photos of the cockpit.
 

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Some additional info from
-"Air&Space"
-"Airpower"
-"Le Fanatique de l'Aviation"
-"Flight Journal"
-Unknown source - via Carlo Godel
 

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Manufacturer models of the XB-42A and XB-43 bombers. Note taller vertical stab on gear-equipped model. I'm not sure if this came before or after the shorter fin. Perhaps somebody has the answer?
 

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Speaking of the XB-42/43 Mixmaster/Jetmaster, here's an unmarked pic I found through the Life Magazine photo archive on Google. Unfortunately, Google/Life haven't "opened" the tagging on these photos (as they have on "The Commons" on Flickr). There are hundreds of historically significant aircraft captured by Time/Life's photographers, but very few of them are adequately or accurately labeled or tagged.

Go to the Google Life photo archive here:
http://images.google.com/hosted/life
Type in "Muroc" in the search field and look at what comes up.

Anyways, apologies for the detour from the topic, again, here's the XB-43 (44-61509). Note the differing sizes of the jet pipes. Presumably, this is from when it flew with one J35 and one J47 (post-April '48).
871ad86d4032b5a1_landing
 

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XB-42 at Hickam Field...
 

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...And a newsreel featuring the "Mixmaster":

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Aqom_vMdncU&feature=related
 

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Douglas XB-42 Desk Model

Greetings All!

Very cool!

http://cgi.ebay.com/Vtg-Douglas-XB-42-Mixmaster-Bomber-Desk-Model-Airplane-/230608481665?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&hash=item35b1562d81

Enjoy the Day! Mark
 

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Re: Douglas XB-42 Desk Model

Mark Nankivil said:
Greetings All!

Very cool!

http://cgi.ebay.com/Vtg-Douglas-XB-42-Mixmaster-Bomber-Desk-Model-Airplane-/230608481665?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&hash=item35b1562d81

Enjoy the Day! Mark

Assuredly a vintage item, not a modern rebuild! Here is one picture from the set:
 

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XB-42
 

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XB-70 Guy said:
XB-42 at Hickam Field...
Hickam? I don't know, especially looking at the architecture on the horizon. Perhaps more like Clover Field.
 

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The XB-43 spent some time at Norton AFB in San Bernardino, CA parked next to the street. The "Hickam" picture background doesn't look a whole lot like NAFB, but it might be.
 

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hermankeil said:
The XB-43 spent some time at Norton AFB in San Bernardino, CA parked next to the street. The "Hickam" picture background doesn't look a whole lot like NAFB, but it might be.

Careful! We're not discussing the XB-43 Jetmaster here, but it's forerunner the piston-powered XB-42 Mixmaster!
 

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:D
 

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Douglas XB-42

The second Douglas XB-42 built (S/N 43-50225). (U.S. Air Force photo
 

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The second Douglas XB-42 built (S/N 43-50225). (U.S. Air Force photo
:eek: :eek: :eek: :eek:

With a REGULAR cockpit à la Skyknight??? I think (no, in fact I'm positive) that I've NEVER seen this aircraft in all my life! Wow.
 

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Here is one from the back I think.
 

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If you look close at the canape it looks like it is one not two.
 

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Just realized that pictures MM1 and MM3 in Page 1 of this thread also depicted the second XB-42.

A bigger version of MM3 is attached below.
 

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That cockpit's shape makes a lot more sense when put in perspective with the projected "DC-8" Skybus and Sky King Jr. projects.
 

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Pictured here is a very early design of the Douglas B-42, next to a 1944 proposal model of the XB-42A.

Many differences are visible: the early design featured a third blister for the gunner, three rear-firing cannons (two on wing trailing edges and one though the counter-rotating prop hub), a higher-mounted wing, longer nose, smaller tail fins, a 7-deg. dihedral on the horizontal stab., a raised prop thrust line, no tail skid and more.

I think the trailing-edge guns could be aimed -- at least in elevation -- while the tail gun was, of course, fixed.
 

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Found this.
 

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There's quite a collection of exterior shots here, but does anyone have interior shots? The only pics I have of the panel and interior are from AAHS and they aren't many.
 

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Totally awesome indeed. What can still be found of the Mixmaster never ceases to surprise me.
 

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Nice photo of Kit Murray and Douglas YB-43 "Versatile II"
 

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XB-43, From Google source Life :
 

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Stargazer2006 said:
That cockpit's shape makes a lot more sense when put in perspective with the projected "DC-8" Skybus and Sky King Jr. projects.
Hmm interesting Swedish connection there in that sideview drawing you posted!
 

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Wow thanks circle-5 & Johnbr ;)

For all the years I have liked the XB-42 & XB-43, I was never aware of the defensive 'trailing-edge guns'

Thanks for sharing this info and pics

Regards
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