The 'Middle River Stump Jumper'

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The 'Middle River Stump Jumper', a modified B-26 Marauder,
which was used by Martin as a test-bed for developing the bicycle undercarriage concept.

from 'Air Force Legends' #201 'Martin XB-51'


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Yes, it was used to test the bicycle landing gear for the Martin XB-48 - the unsuccessful contender against the B-47.
 

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Does anyone know the colors this flew in? In some pictures the under surfaces looks to be natural metal while the upper surfaces look to be a deep green, but I've only seen black and white shots of it.

Thanks,
Mike
 

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Pretty sure the fuselage was OD and the bottom of the wings and engine nacelles were natural metal.
Here are some NARA II RG342FH photos I found last week during a visit.

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Wow, nice pics. I never realized they had to stiffen the fuselage so much, but it makes sense given the change in loads.
 

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SaturnCanuck said:
Yes, it was used to test the bicycle landing gear for the Martin XB-48 - the unsuccessful contender against the B-47.
which also had bicycle landing gear. -SP
 

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