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Martin supersonic swept-wing fighter (1956)

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While researching some Martin-related patents, I came across this sweep serendipity: a Martin swept-wing supersonic combat aircraft project of 1956!
http://www.google.fr/patents/US2920842
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It was designed by engineers James L. Decker and Charles J. Koch (the latter also was part of the Seamaster design team).

Browsing through the Martin model numbers list circa 1956 I find a USAF fighter-bomber (Model 276), a USAF swept-wing fighter bomber (Model 278) and yet another USAF fighter-bomber (Model 288) that might fit the bill, but only the second one has "swept-wing" mentioned in the description, so I'll venture this may well be the Model 278. I guess only Orionblamblam around here might be able to confirm this...

I'm attaching a cleaned-up version of the patent artwork and a five-view arrangement I recreated from it. Hope you guys enjoy it!
 

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Stargazer2006 said:
I'll venture this may well be the Model 278. I guess only Orionblamblam around here might be able to confirm this...

Sadly, I cannot. I've had this patent for 15 years, but have never found any more about it.
 

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1956 - C. J. Koch, Chief Aerodynamicist
1958 - C. J. Koch, Chief of Staff, Advanced Design

James L Decker was also Chief Aerodynamicist at Martin later on I believe.
 

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