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Posted 6/25/2009 Printable Fact Sheet

The Elias XNBS-3 was very similar to the Martin NBS-1. The aircraft had the same basic design, crew configuration, engines and performance as the NBS-1, which had been in service for about four years when the Elias aircraft was first tested in mid-1924. Since the aircraft offered almost no improvements over aircraft already in service (which were outdated themselves), the aircraft never went beyond the prototype testing phase. Only one XNBS-3 (AS 68567) was ordered.

Type Number built/
XNBS-3 1 Prototype tested only

Armament: Five .30-cal. machine guns and up to 1,692 lbs. of bombs
Engines: Two Liberty 12-As of 425 hp each
Maximum speed: 101mph at sea level
Service ceiling: 8,680 ft.
Range: Approx. 465 miles (varied by bomb load carried)
Span: 77 ft. 6 in.
Length: 48 ft. 5 in.
Height: 16 ft. 10 in.
Weight: 14,427 lbs. gross
Crew: Four

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