Aeroplane Photo Supply (APS) No. 1616. Photograph from Boeing
05/31/2006. Remarks by Jack
: "One of three prototypes
built that were comparable to the Martin XBTM-1 and Douglas XBT2D-1.
With a gross weight of 20,508 lb (9,302 kg), this was the
heaviest carrier-based aircraft built up to the end of WW II.
The aircraft had an internal bomb bay that could accommodate bombs or
a torpedo. One of the features of the XF8B-1 was a six-bladed
contra-rotating propeller. The first flight was on November 27, 1944
but the aircraft never went into production."