Huff-Daland XHB-1 Cyclops
United States (1927)
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The Huff-Daland XHB-1 heavy bomber was completed in just one prototype - the XB-1 Super Cyclops become a twin-engine, twin-boom version made by Keystone.
Detailing the development and operational history of the Huff-Daland XHB-1 Cyclops Heavy Bomber Prototype. Entry last updated on 12/17/2014. Authored by Staff Writer. Content ©www.MilitaryFactory.com
As was the case with the LB-1 before it, the chief limiting factor in the XHB-1 was its use of a single engine. Army chiefs worried for the survivability of such a large aircraft when set over enemy terrain or long distances pushing Huff-Daland engineers to produce a revised twin-engined form of the LB-1 in the XLB-3. However, even this initiative was shelved after a single prototype in favor of the LB-5 (36 produced). As with those aircraft, a twin-engined variant of the XHB-1 was wished for - and granted - in the upcoming XB-1 "Super Cyclops". By then, the Huff-Daland brand label would be absorbed by Keystone Aircraft Corporation until it, itself, was taken over by Curtiss-Wright in 1929 and no more by 1932.
The XHB-1 fell to naught with a sole prototype completed. The XB-1 Super Cyclops would fare no better with just one prototype to its name as well.
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