AUBRY GRATTON COLLECTION
No. 8413. North American NA-146 XAJ-1 Savage (121460 c/n 146-38429) US Navy
Photographed August 16, 1948
Aeroplane Photo Supply (APS) Photo No. 5044

North American NA-146 XAJ-1 Savage

12/31/2008. 12/31/2008. The Savage was designed to meet an USN requirement for a high-performance carrier-base bomber with nuclear capabilities. It was powered by two 2,400 hp Pratt & Whitney R-2800-44W radials and a 4,600 lb s.t Allison J33-A-19 turbojet in the rear fuselage.

Ordered on June 24, 1946, the first of three prototypes flew from Inglewood, California on July 3, 1948, with Bob Chilton at the controls. Later 121460 was used in flight refueling trials, using a hose-and-reel unit in the bomb-bay, while it also performed trials fitted with a Grumman A-6 Intruder nose gear.

Created December 31, 2008