Forgotten Aircraft – The Douglas XB-19

The XB-19 project had its origin in a secret Army Air Corps project of the mid ‘thirties for an advanced long-range bomber. On February 5, 1935, the Army Air Corps initiated a secret project for an experimental long-range bomber, with the goal of seeing just how far the state of the art could be pushed. It was assigned the codename “Project D”, and was classified top secret. No production was envisaged, since “Project D” was more of a proof-of-concept vehicle than it was a serious proposal for a production military aircraft.