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Like the Boeing XB-15, the Martin XB-16 (Martin Model 145) was designed to meet the United States Army Air Corps' request for a bomber that could carry 2,500 lb (1,100 kg) of bombs 5,000 mi (8,000 km).

The XB-16 was to use four Allison V-1710 liquid-cooled inline engines; contemporary American aircraft used air-cooled radial engines.

In 1935, Martin revised the XB-16 design. The wing span was increased from 140 ft (42.7 m) to 173 ft (52.7 m), and a set of V-1710 engines added to the trailing edge. This version had a wingspan 20% greater than that of the B-29 Superfortress, the first operational bomber that would fill the role intended for the XB-16.

The XB-16 was cancelled for essentially the same reason the B-15 project was: it wasn't fast enough to meet the requirements set by the Army. Since both were cancelled around the same time, Martin did not have time to produce an XB-16.

Specifications (as designed)

General characteristics

  • Crew: 10
  • Length: 115 ft (35.0 m)
  • Wingspan:
    • Original design: 140 ft (43 m)
    • 1935 redesign: 173 ft (52.7 m)
  • Height: ft in (m)
  • Wing area: ft² (m²)
  • Empty weight:
    • Original design: 31,957 lb
    • 1935 redesign: 50,660 lb (47,573 kg)
  • Powerplant: 4, later 6 × Allison V-1710-3, 1,000 hp () each

Performance (estimated)

  • Maximum speed: 190 mph (170 kt, 310 km/h)
  • Cruise speed: 140 mph (120 kt, 230 km/h)
  • Range: 3,300 mi (2,900 nm, 5,300 km)
  • Wing loading: lb/ft² (kg/m²)
  • Power/mass: 0.049 hp/lb (80 W/kg)

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