Manufacturer: McDonnell Aircraft

Model: 2-RR

Name: Jet Moonbat

Type: Jet fighter

Date: 1945

Status: Experimental

Country: United States

Service: U.S. Army Air Force

Designation: XP-67B

Synopsis: In June 1945, the XP-67 Moonbat prototype was fitted experimentally with two British Derwent jet engines and redesignated the XP-67B.

I simply used a top view of the original XP-67B in flight and grafted the engines of a Gloster Meteor onto it...

The Moonbat was quite an early design, and I have no idea whether its airframe would have been sturdy enough to deal with the weight and vibrations of two Derwent turbojets! Fitting the jets would also have meant big headaches for McDonnell's engineers as the Moonbat had a wing that blended into the fuselage...

Viewers' comments:
  • "I don't know why, but on this photo, plane nose look for me... 'Fulcrum-ic'." (jeremak)
  • "Perfect idea." (ysi_maniac)
  • "The Jet Moonbat is cool, very neat stuff." (Sauragnmon)

My comments:

I must say I'm not very satisfied with the way the jet engines seem to stick out from the wing instead of being blended in. This calls for a future reworking of the image...