No. 5667. Douglas XB-43 (44-61508 c/n 6564) US Army Air Forces
Photograph from USAF, taken at Muroc Army Air Base, California, USA, May 1946


09/15/2006. Remarks by Jack McKillop: "The XB-43-DO, nicknamed Jetmaster, was the first US jet bomber and made its first flight on May 17, 1946. However, by the time of its first flight, the USAAF had decided to put the North American B-45 Tornado (q.v.) into production.

The second XB-43 was retired and became part of the collection of the NASM in Washington, D.C., USA. When I was stationed at Andrews AFB, Maryland, USA, in 1957-59, the second aircraft was stored in a fenced area at a remote end of the base. The aircraft is now stored at NASM's Paul E. Garber Facility in Suitland, Maryland, USA." View also photo 2311, 2943 and 8826.

Created September 15, 2006