Douglas B-23 Dragon Bomber Plane
The Douglas B-23 Dragon was a twin-engined medium bomber designed and built to replace the B-18. The Douglas B-23 Dragon first flew in 1939, only 38 aircraft were built and none of these were ever used as bombers as their performance proved to be so inferior to other medium bombers available like the B-25 Mitchell and B-26 Marauder. Half the B-23 Dragons ended their service life as trainers, the other half were modified into transport aircraft and re-designated Douglas UC-67's.
|Douglas B-23 Dragon Specifications: |
- Crew: 6
- Length: 58 ft 6 in (17.8 m)
- Wingspan: 92 ft (28 m)
- Height: 18 ft 6 in (5.6 m)
- Empty weight: 19,089 lb (8,677 kg)
- Loaded weight: 26,500 lb (12,000 kg)
- Max takeoff weight: 32,400 lb (14,700 kg)
- Engines: Twin 1,600 hp (1,194 kW) Wright R-2600-3 radial engines
- Maximum speed: 282 mph (245 knots, 454 km/h)
- Range: 1,400 mi (1,200 nm, 2,300 km) with 4,000 lb (1,800 kg) of bombs
- Service ceiling: 31,600 ft (9,630 m)
Douglas B-23 Dragon Armament:
- Three 0.30 in (7.62 mm) machine guns
- Single tail turret mounted 0.50 in (12.7 mm) machine gun
- Maximum of 4,000 lb (1,800 kg) of bombs
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