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Boeing XB-15:

A Boeing XB-15 in flight. (USAF)

Convair XB-46:

Convair's XB-46, which lost out to the slightly more capable North American B-45 Tornado. (USAF)

Convair YB-60:

The Convair YB-60 prototype eight-jet bomber making its maiden flight on 18 April 1952. The YB-60 was a modification of the B-36 but lost out to the more capable Boeing B-52.

Douglas XB-19:

The Douglas XB-19 in flight. (USAF)

Douglas XB-42 Mixmaster:

The Douglas XB-42 Mixmaster featured two V12 piston engines driving contra-rotating propellors, but was later fitted with jet engines and used for test purposes. Although the XB-42 performed very well, it was eclipsed by jet aircraft. (USAF(

Douglas XB-43 Jetmaster:

The Douglas XB-43 Jetmaster was basically a jet powered XB-42 Mixmaster used for test purposes. (USAF)

Martin XB-48:

The Martin XB-48, which lost out to Boeing's B-47 Stratojet. (USAF)

Martin XB-51:

The first of two Martin XB-51s. The XB-51 lost out to a license-built version of the English Electric Canberra. Martin was not disappointed because it was contracted to build the Canberra as the B-57. (USAF) A Martin XB-51 in flight. (USAF) An XB-51 coming in to land. Note the Rocket Assisted Take-Off jets on the aft fuselage. (USAF)

North American XB-70 Valkyrie:

A North American XB-70 Valkyrie taking off on 17 August 1965. NASA's XB-70 Valkyrie taking off in 1967. A North American XB-70 Valkyrie as seen in 1960. (DoD)

The  Valkyrie's unique shape can be appreciated in this 1968 photo. (NASA) The beautiful North American XB-70 Valkyrie #2 in flight. A North American XB-70A Valkyrie in flight (SN 62-0001). Note the drooped wingtips. (USAF)

Northrop XB-35:

A Northrop XB-35 in flight. (USAF)

Northrop YB-49:

Northrop's incredible YB-49 flying wing, which never entered USAF service, but this design paved the way for Northrop's B-2 Spirit. (USAF)

Rockwell B-1A:

Shown here is a Rockwell B-1A with its wings swept at 25 degrees. Although the B-1A was cancelled, it led to the successful B-1B Lancer. (USAF)

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