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Atlantic (Fokker) XB-8
Atlantic (Fokker) XB-8 (S/N 29-328) at Teterboro Field, N.J. (U.S. Air Force photo)
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The Atlantic (Fokker) XB-8 was ordered by the U.S. Army as a bomber derivative of the YO-27 observation aircraft design. The second prototype YO-27 was converted during assembly to a bomber configuration. The Douglas XB-7 was ordered at the same time and was a derivative of the YO-35 observation plane. The XB-8 was much faster than the existing Keystone bombers already in service, but couldn't carry a heavy enough bomb load to be considered for production. Six service test aircraft were ordered as YB-8 and Y1B-8, but all were delivered as Y1O-27s.

Type Number built/
XB-8 1 Converted O-27

Two Curtiss V-1570-23 Conquerors of 600 hp each
Top speed: 160 mph at sea level
Span: 64 ft. 0 in.
Length: 47 ft. 0 in.
Height: 11 ft. 6 in.
Weight: 10,545 lbs. gross
Crew: Four
Serial number: 29-328 

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