Curtiss XNBS-4

The Curtiss Model 36 XNBS-4 was a 1920s prototype biplane night bomber built by the Curtiss Aeroplane and Motor Company for the United States Army Air Corps.[1]

Curtiss XNBS-4
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Role Biplane night bomber
National origin United States
Manufacturer Curtiss Aeroplane and Motor Company
First flight 1924
Primary user United States Army Air Corps
Number built 2
Developed from Martin NBS-1

DevelopmentEdit

The XNBS-4 was developed by Curtiss as an improvement on the Martin NBS-1. Two prototypes, AS68571 and AS68572, were built. The design did not enter production because it offered no significant improvement over the NBS-1.[1]

SpecificationsEdit

Data from National Museum of the United States Air Force[1] and Aerofiles[2]

General characteristics

  • Crew: 4
  • Length: 46 ft 6 in (14.17 m)
  • Wingspan: 90 ft 2 in (27.48 m)
  • Height: 15 ft 9 in (4.80 m)
  • Airfoil: Curtiss C-72[3]
  • Gross weight: 13,795 lb (6,257 kg)
  • Powerplant: 2 × Liberty L-12A V-12 water-cooled piston engines, 435 hp (324 kW) each

Performance

  • Maximum speed: 100 mph (160 km/h, 87 kn) at sea level
  • Cruise speed: 95 mph (153 km/h, 83 kn)
  • Stall speed: 53 mph (85 km/h, 46 kn)
  • Range: 620 mi (1,000 km, 540 nmi)
  • Service ceiling: 13,000 ft (4,000 m)

Armament

  • Guns: 5x 0.3 in (7.62 mm) machine-guns
  • Bombs: 1,907 lb (865.0 kg)

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b c "Factsheet: Curtiss XNBS-4". NMUSAF. Archived from the original on 16 June 2012. Retrieved 12 July 2017.CS1 maint: bot: original URL status unknown (link)
  2. ^ Eckland, K.O. "K through Z". aerofiles.com. Retrieved 31 March 2015.
  3. ^ Lednicer, David. "The Incomplete Guide to Airfoil Usage". m-selig.ae.illinois.edu. Retrieved 16 April 2019.