The Douglas XB-42 Mix Master.

by Daniel Russ on January 23, 2012

The Douglas XB-42 Mix Master gave great performance for a twin pusher propeller plane.

The Douglas XB-42 Mix Master

 

 

In 1944, a single Douglas XB-42 Mix Master flew. With dual pusher propellers, the experimental plane  handled fairly well. It  had all the speed of a Mosquito Fighter Bomber but more armament and greater payload.  Not too much later one set a speed record by flaying from Long Beach California to Washington in 5 hours and 17 minutes. But one thing did happen to the Mix Master that would devastate it: The War Ended. And jets were on the way. A single surviving example sits in storage at the Air Force Museum at Wright Patterson, and will be displayed just as soon as they can find the wings.

 

 

Douglas XB-42 profile, and in wind tunnel

Douglas XB-42

 

Sources: Wikipedia, Aerofiles.com. The World’s Worst Aircraft, Jim Winchester, Barnes And Noble, 2005.

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