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MARTIN XB-26D

Posted 6/26/2009 Printable Fact Sheet

The Martin XB-26D was a modified B-26 used to test hot air deicing equipment. Heat exchangers would transfer heat from engine exhaust gases to air circulated to the leading and trailing edges of the wing and empennage surfaces. The hot air would delay the formation of lift destroying ice on the wings and tail. Hot air deicing was never incorporated into a production B-26, but the basic design is widely used on modern aircraft. The hot air deicing method was also tested on the XB-25E.


Type Number built/
converted
Remarks
XB-26D 1 (cv) B-26 with hot air deicers


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