Boeing XB-15


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  Base model:B-15
  Designation System:U.S. Air Force
  Designation Period:1924-Present
  Basic role:Bomber

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 James E Sands II
 Henderson, NV
I wish you would monitor the NOTES more often (or screen them first) to get rid of people adding ADVERTISING.

05/25/2012 @ 00:38 [ref: 57788]
 James Sands II
 , NV
I have a previous comment and just now thought of this bit of information. I have articles from a magazine down in Chile. It was some local paper and has a few pictures and words... I can't read, all in Spanish I suppose. It shows all the supplies they flew down to help out with the big earthquake diaster and more. My Dad was the Radio Operator on this fight. You can see the Mackay of you go to this link and select the 1930's: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mackay_Trophy#1930s

Feel free to e-mail me at: sandsvegas@aol.com

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04/29/2012 @ 01:28 [ref: 56564]
 Mary Gainer
 Hampton, VA
The XB-15 was tested at NASA (then NACA) Langley Research Center in 1938 and 1939. For more on the tests, go to http://crgis.ndc.nasa.gov/historic/XB-15.
12/14/2011 @ 09:20 [ref: 51135]
 carolyn murray
 , OR
I was always told my father was training in the XB-15 when it crashed at Langley Field, VA. Jan. 22, 1944. Everything I am reading says that was impossible. Does anyone know how I can research this info online?
08/28/2011 @ 18:30 [ref: 48233]
 Jeff Rosborough
 , MD
I submitted pictures of XB-15 and they are still not showing up, is this site active. Have some good pictures of aircraft plus copy of orders showing aircraft going to Panama.
09/09/2010 @ 15:35 [ref: 29794]
 James Sands
 Henderson, NV
I have a small amount of information on the XB-15. My Dad was the Radio Operator when LeMay flew it from Bolling Field to Gander to meet with Haynes. I have the flight times and also of the continued flight of the B-24 that accompanied it and went on the Preswick, Scotland. LeMay was a Major at that time.
My Dad was also on the flight of the XB-15 in 1939 when they got the Mackay Trophy. The flight was requested by the Red Cross to aid in the big earthquakes that hit Chile. I remember my Dad also telling me about the "cat" Haynes received when taking the body of Francisco Sarabia back to Mexico. It was Sgt. Adolph Cattarius that did the babysitting of the cat on the way back.
Feel free to e-mail me if necessary. SANDSVEGAS@aol.com

05/22/2010 @ 00:08 [ref: 26406]
 Chris Lyford
 , NE
In answer to the comment about the film "Test Pilot." The aircraft used were Y1B-17's of the 2nd Bombardment Squadron based out of Langley Field,Virginia. This elite unit comprised America's only Flying Fortress squadron of just thirteen operational bombers in 1938 when the XB-15 was assigned there. Among the many exploits of this squadron was the 1938 interception of the Italian liner 'Rex' off the U. S. East Coast under the command of Colonel Caleb V. Haynes that resulted in the War Department's edict restricting Air Corps coastal defense missions out to sea. This was probably just as well as it forced the Army to re-evaluate the B-17 for the role it was later proved best at - strategic bombing - not long-range coastal defense. The "Test Pilot" sequence involving the crashing Fortress mimmics two actual events that took place - one being the weight-lift test of the B-17A that ended in the plane cracking up, though not fatally. The other eludes to the XB-15's maximum weight lifting flight of July 30, 1939, where it lifted off the runway with more than two-and-one-half times its maximum bombload - 31,167 lbs - to an altitude of 8,200 feet breaking all records including that of Russia's famed ANT-20 'Maxsim Gorkii.' The film sequence in "Test Pilot" using the Y1B-17's may have been shot in California during one of the squadron's national tours including one that took it to the West Coast to make an appearance at the San Francisco World's Fair.

Note: My interest in all of this stems from my father's experience where as a young man he witnessed the rollout of the Boeing Model 299 (B-17 prototype) and also that of the XB-15 in 1937. I am writing an extensive article hopefully to serve as the basis of a book on the XB-15 and would appreciate any quotation by any veteran or relative of a veteran who remembers remarks and statements regarding the XB-15, both in its experimental bomber role as well as its AAF air transport role as the XC-105.
02/14/2008 @ 11:49 [ref: 19676]
 joseph judge
 Milersville, PA
I saw the B-15 at an airport near Scranton PA in 1940. It was piloted by James Walsh, later General Walsh of 8th airforce and SAC. He was from my home town of Carbondale PA and I was invited by his family to see the plane land. When it landed and the crew was on the ground, a young boy of 10 (me!) ran from the crowd, was greeted by Walsh and given a tour of the plane. I was hooked on flying from that time. I followed Walsh's career and have a great picture of him and some of the top Brass (Spatz, Doolittle,Eaker,and a young Tibbet).
01/04/2008 @ 08:27 [ref: 19144]
 Boeing Corporation
 Chicago, IL
The mammoth Boeing XB-15 began in 1934 as a design study for the Army to see if it was possible to build a heavy bomber with a 5,000-mile range. When it made its first flight, it was the largest and heaviest plane ever built in the United States. It was so large that the crew could go through passages in the wing to make minor repairs while the airplane was flying.

Because a long-range flight, powered by the engines of the time, took several days, the crew had bunks to sleep on between shifts. The XB-15 had been designed for four 1,000-horsepower liquid-cooled engines, but because those engines were not available in time, it was powered by 850-horsepower engines. Nonetheless, it set several load-to-altitude records, including taking a 31,205-pound payload to 8,200 feet on July 30, 1939.

Because the lone XB-15 was an experimental airplane, and never intended for production, it did not serve as a bomber during World War II. The military converted it into a cargo carrier, designated the XC-105.

Specifications First flight: Oct. 15, 1937
Model number: 294
Classification: Bomber
Span: 149 feet
Length: 87 feet 7 inches
Gross weight: 70,706 pounds
Top speed: 200 mph
Cruising speed: 152 mph
Range: 5,130 miles
Ceiling: 18,900 feet
Power: Four 850-horsepower P&W R-1830-11 Twin Wasp engines
Accommodation: 10 crew
Armament: 6 machine guns, 8,000-pound bomb load

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12/03/2007 @ 12:08 [ref: 18776]
 Charles E. Dills
 San Luis Obispo, CA
I just saw the last half of a movie, "Test Pilot" starring Clark Gable, Spencer Tracy and Myrna Loy. I could swear that the plane they were "testing" was the XB-15!!!!
11/17/2006 @ 05:49 [ref: 14761]


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