Kaiser Fleetwings XBTK-1 (Naval Fighters 48)
By Bob Kowalski, Steve Ginter
Publisher: Naval Fighters 1999 34 Pages
PDF 31 MB
Bob Kowalski continues the saga of the Bomber Torpedo (BT) program and the similar Scout Bomber (SB) program with the obscure story of the Kaiser Fleetwings XBTK-1. The story started in Naval Fighters Number Twenty-Four Martin AM-1/-1Q Mauler and continued with Naval Fighters Number Thirty, Douglas XSB2D-1 and BTD-1 "Destroyer". This was followed by Naval Fighters Number Thirty-Six, Douglas XTB2D-1 Sky-pirate and now the XBTK-1. It is our intention to also cover the two Curtiss entrants, the XBTC-2 and XBT2C-1.
This history is based on information contained in the 1944 Detail Specification SD-367 and addendum number one which was supplemented with Naval Air Test Center BIS Report 2180.1 (9 September 1946 -2 June 1947) and flight and maintenance manuals. Terms used in the story are terms used at the time the XTBK-1 was built. These terms may have subsequently undergone refinement, for example the term "heat" instead of the "thermal" anti-icing system.
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