Manufacturer: North American

Model: unknown

Name: Super Mitchell

Type: Patrol bomber


Status: Experimental

Country: United States of America

Service: U.S. Navy

Designation: XPB2J-1


If North American and the Navy had attempted to test the plagued Allison XT40 turborprop engines on an existing airframe instead of developing a costly and useless prototype (the XA2J-1 "Super Savage"), they might have modified a Mitchell and fitted its XT40s and streamlined nose to it... It would have been the XPB2J-1 "Super Mitchell"...

Viewers' comments:
  • Very nice design concept indeed! One wonders, though, if she would have been beset by the same kind of problems that killed off the turboprop Constellation - would her airframe have been strong enough to cope with the extra aerodynamic loads? (kanyiko)

  • If anything, the XT-40 would have been even worse in a World War 2 bomber airframe than in a custom-designed aircraft. (ElSqiubbonator)
  • Nice concept. I often wonder if the B-26 Martin could have given a few more years instead of turning their very modern airframes over for scrapping so soon- by way of newer power, maybe jet. (Rekalnus)
  • I like. But the XT40 was junk! (David R. Townend)

My comments:

Yep. That's why I said it was "plagued". Something to do with the number "40" maybe, the J40 jet was a disaster too...