Business: Winged Cigar

With the pleased air of one letting out a big secret, Consolidated Vultee Aircraft Corp. last week let out one of the biggest in the aircraft business. Out of a hangar at Fort Worth, Tex., Consolidated rolled its new, unconventional, six-motored giant, the XB-36 bomber—world's largest land plane. The development cost: approxi-' mately $20,000,000.

The new plane was a strange sight. Its 230-ft. wing (v. 141 feet for the 6-29) was set halfway back in the 163-ft., cigar-shaped fuselage. In the leading edge of the wing, where conventional planes have their propellers, XB-36...

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