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This file assesses the main developments within the heritage of jet bomber layout and improvement within the usa considering that international battle II to judge the position of past bomber and similar examine and devel¬opment (RD) event between leading contractors. It builds on past RAND examine said in Drezner et al. (1992). A later document will contain the same survey of fighter airplane layout and improvement. This study is a part of a bigger learn meant to supply a conceptual framework to investigate the way forward for Air strength industrial-base RD actions. it truly is intended to counterpoint one other undertaking rfile being ready via Michael Kennedy, Susan Resetar, and Nicole DeHoratius that addresses the bigger study attempt through providing a conceptual framework and initial obser¬vations for assessing army aerospace layout and improvement strength. many of the examine and research during this document additionally seems to be in a RAND document being ready by means of John Birkler et al., in order to be a initial research of industrial-base concerns and implications for destiny bomber layout and construction.

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Shocked at the loss, Boeing demanded and received a congressional investigation of the decision. The investigation concluded that the Air Force had chosen North American's proposal because it was technically superior, particularly in its incorporation of compression lift aerodynamic concepts. (Pace, 1984, p. ) According to the official Air Force history, the North American design had been found "unanimously to be substantially superior to that of Boeing" by a 60-member team representing the Air Material Command, the Air Research and Development Command, and SAC.

Yet perhaps even more relevant, the X-10/Navaho, with an empty weight of nearly 26,000 pounds, was in the same weight class as most of the Century Series fighters, and thus in many respects was similar to a Mach 2+ long-range fighter R&D program. The Navaho effort is clearly recognized as contributing significantly to the XB-70 design and development effort. (Jones, 1980, p. ) Indeed, early North American bomber design proposals submitted in 1956 were merely scaled-up versions of the Navaho. (Knaack, 1988, p.

2In March 1943, Consolidated Aircraft merged with Vultee Aircraft to become Convair. S. and foreign armed services than any other single type of American aircraft during World War II (see Swanborough, 1963, p. 132). 4 Boeing worked on both fighters and bombers before the war. In the 1930s, Consolidated developed the most famous seaplane used extensively in World War II, The 1940s and 1950s: Ever Faster and Higher 15 In the category of medium bombers, North American with its B-25 Mitchell and Martin with its B-26 Marauder were industry leaders during the war.

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