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The Martin M-272B Super Canberra design:
Source: Erik Simonsen at FacebookErik Simonsen said:A What Might Have Been: A preview image from, "A Complete History of U.S. COMBAT AIRCRAFT Fly-Off Competitions", by Erik Simonsen. After the Martin XB-51 lost the fly-off competition to the English Electric Canberra, Martin was selected to build the Canberra (designated B-57) under license. The Martin Company offered a new blended design that incorporated the top characteristics of both the Canberra and the XB-51 - Martin designated the proposed design, the B-51B Super Canberra. The configuration featured swept wings with embedded engine nacelles, and the signature T-tail of the XB-51. The primary feature that would provide outstanding performance, would be the two afterburning engines that generated 21,700 lb. of thrust. Documents provided to the Air Force declared that the Super Canberra could be operational by 1954. However, wanting to avoid evaluating a new aircraft design, in November 1951 the Air Force rejected the Martin proposal. The book contains Ten Chapters of well known fighter/bomber competitions - due June 2016.