The first plane in the new basic "B"
category for bombardment type aircraft
was originally designed by the Huff-Daland Company, but delivered to the
Army by the newly formed Keystone
Company as the XB-1 in 1928.
The two geared Packard 2A-1530
engines used were unacceptable and the
bomber was re-engined with two Curtiss
V-1570 Conquerors of 600hp each. With
the new engines, the single example of
the Super Cyclops was given the designation
XB-1B and had a top speed of 190km/h.
Unique among its contemporaries, the
XB-1B carried two of its crew of five in
gun turrets in the aft portion of the engine
nacelles. Each gunner was armed with
two Lewis machine guns firing rearward.
Another gunner, similarly armed, was
located in the nose of the plane.
|A three-view drawing (572 x 736)|
| Take-off weight||7736 kg||17055 lb|
| Empty weight||4296 kg||9471 lb|
| Wingspan||25.91 m||85 ft 0 in|
| Length||18.90 m||62 ft 0 in|
| Height||5.87 m||19 ft 3 in|
| Wing area||149.02 m2||1604.04 sq ft|
| Ceiling||4572 m||15000 ft|
| Range||1127 km||700 miles|
| ARMAMENT||1100kg of bombs|
|Barbara guckert, 18.10.2011|
I was left a picture of these planes flying maneuvers over Washington D.C/ in 1931. It hung in my dads offices over the years and now graces my den wall along with a picture of Major General Fourlois standing by the Wright Bros, aircraft before his flight from Ft. Meyers to Alexandria, circa 1908-09.
I thought you might be able to tell me more about the Keystone planes and the manuveras tht day in 1931.
thank you very much.
Do you have any comments about this aircraft ?