10/31/2007. Remarks by Curtiss Aldrich: "This historic airplane of late 1940's design, was conceived/built for the need of a deep penetration (long range) fighter capable of providing cover for the long range bombers of the day. Pictured is the first of two prototypes. Additional site files photos: 1 2.
The two planes were initially put in storage, but then with the advent
of the immediate need for a longe range fighter from the Korean War,
they were pulled from storage. The pictured plane was re-equippped
with afterburning engines, and most weirdly, fitted with a Allison
XT-38A turboprop in the nose! This tri-motored fighter was
redesignated the XF-88B. The plane was eventually scrapped, but the
design went on to become the F-101 Voodoo."