Kit #AA2032. 1/72 scale. Highly-detailed resin kit with decals. In 1944, with the successes of the Reich's jet fighter and bomber projects, the USAAF urgently pursued the development of the first American jet bomber. Douglas proposed to modify the existing XB-42 airframe, replacing the piston engines with a pair of turbojets to save time and cost. The contract for two prototypes that were designated XB-43 was signed, and a production program were also planned in the same year. Because of early engineering problems, the jet engines were not shipped from GE to Douglas until July 1945. The end of war caused a slowdown of the jet bomber's development and the XB-43 finally made its first flight on May 1946. Performance was satisfactory, but the USAAF had moved ahead with new four-engines bomber designs, the North American B-45 and the Convair XB-46. Production on the XB-43 was cancelled but testing continued until 1951, when the first XB-43 damaged in an accident. In late 1953, the second prototype was also retired.