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B-17E Flying Fortress converted to XB-38 with Allison V-1710 liquid-cooled engines as an experimental testbed in the event the radial engines became unavailable, 1942

Caption   B-17E Flying Fortress converted to XB-38 with Allison V-1710 liquid-cooled engines as an experimental testbed in the event the radial engines became unavailable, 1942 ww2dbase
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Added By David Stubblebine
Added Date 13 Apr 2010

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1. Commenter identity confirmed Bill says:
20 Jul 2010 04:30:04 PM

Photo of the 11th Boeing-built B-17E sent to
Lockheed aircraft, and installed Allison
liquid-cooled engines.
Program started in March 1942,and three of
the Allison-powered bombers were known as
XB-38's.
Aircraft in photo, was lost one month later
after 12 hours of testing. All but one of the crew parachuted safely.
2. Ken Farr says:
25 Jan 2013 12:27:47 PM

A technicallity, it wasn't Lockheed, it was Vega. Across the street, kind of a Chevy, GMC thing.
Mom worked on it.

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