Douglas B-18 Bolo Bomber Plane
Based on the Douglas DC-2 airliner, the Douglas B-18 Bolo was chosen to go into production in January 1936 following the crash of the superior, but nearly twice as expensive, Boeing B17 flying fortress prototype. Even when first flown it was already a bomber of relatively obsolete design with a maximum speed of only 215 mph, it was rapidly relegated in the early part of WWII to a patrol aircraft role, the existing bomber role being taken over by the far superior Boeing B-17's.
Douglas B-18A Bolo Specifications:
- Crew: 6
- Length: 57 ft 10 in (17.6 m)
- Wingspan: 89 ft 6 in (27.3 m)
- Height: 15 ft 2 in (4.6 m)
- Empty weight: 16,321 lb (7,400 kg)
- Max takeoff weight: 27,500 lb (12,600 kg)
- Engines: Twin 1,000 hp (750 kW) Wright R-1820-53 radial engines
- Maximum speed: 215 mph (197 knots, 346 km/h)
- Range: 999 nm (1,150 mi, 1,850 km)
- Service ceiling: 23,900 ft (7,280 m)
Douglas B-18A Bolo Armament:
- Guns: Three .30 in (7.62 mm) machine guns
- Bombs: 4,500 lb (2,200 kg) bomb load
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