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Red_Storm
06-15-2004, 05:25 AM
Gibbage, Skychimp, anyone I'd like to have some info on this bomber. To be honest I only just heard about it and I'd like some info. Thanks!

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Red_Storm
06-15-2004, 05:25 AM
Gibbage, Skychimp, anyone I'd like to have some info on this bomber. To be honest I only just heard about it and I'd like some info. Thanks!

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VVS-Manuc
06-15-2004, 05:41 AM
The Douglas B-18 "Bolo" was a based on the DC-2

more infos here:

http://www.boeing.com/history/mdc/bolo.htm

Red_Storm
06-15-2004, 06:05 AM
Interesting plane, thanks!

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SUPERAEREO
06-15-2004, 06:14 AM
It was mostly used for anti-submarine patrols around the coasts of America.

Rather ungainly plane, but it had some interesting colour schemes.

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horseback
06-15-2004, 08:06 AM
Most interesting things about the Bolo are that it was chosen OVER the B-17 by the Air Corps for their primary bomber in the mid-30s (obviously, they changed their minds at some point) and the valuable role it played in the Phillipines in December 1941- diverting Japanese fire from more useful aircraft types.

It was woefully inadequate as a combat aircraft; too slow, poorly armed for self defense, and so damned ugly that it was an act of mercy to shoot it down (this last from an old family friend who flew them on anti-sub patrols early in the war. He said that at least when they transitioned to B-25s, they could pretend to be contributing to the war effort). Ingame, it would be the ultimate cr@p bomber.

cheers

horseback

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IL2-chuter
06-15-2004, 12:35 PM
Next, check up on the Douglas B-23 Dragon. The first American bomber with a tail gunner (cramped and awkward).

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BlitzPig_Ritter
06-15-2004, 01:13 PM
Now I'm very interest in the Bolo's successor " the B-23 Dragon, as I've never heard of that aircraft.

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Chuck_Older
06-15-2004, 03:03 PM
Although it didn't much look it, the Dragon was more than just an improved B-18, although it looked like a re-hash of the B-18. It was essentially a new plane.

Fuselage was changed, wing span lengthened, engine nacelles faired the main gear when retracted. Used better engines (R-2600-3 Cyclone 14s)

The Army ordered some in '39, but they were not pleased with performace, and the range didn't look as if it were able to be substantially improved.

They did however patrol the US west coast. Some also towed gliders, presumably in training.

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SkyChimp
06-15-2004, 05:43 PM
As a matter of fact, I do have something on it.

From McDonnell Douglas Aircraft: Since 1920 Volume I Rene Francillon, Naval Institute Press:

http://members.cox.net/us.fighters/bolo_01.jpg
http://members.cox.net/us.fighters/bolo_02.jpg
http://members.cox.net/us.fighters/bolo_03.jpg
http://members.cox.net/us.fighters/bolo_04.jpg
http://members.cox.net/us.fighters/bolo_05.jpg
http://members.cox.net/us.fighters/bolo_06.jpg
http://members.cox.net/us.fighters/bolo_07.jpg
http://members.cox.net/us.fighters/bolo_08.jpg
http://members.cox.net/us.fighters/bolo_09.jpg
http://members.cox.net/us.fighters/bolo_10.jpg

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Red_Storm
06-15-2004, 06:40 PM
Great stuff! Thanks guys!

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PBNA-Boosher
06-15-2004, 07:30 PM
(Soccer chanting) BOLO! BOLO! BOLO!....

Shift_E
06-16-2004, 12:19 AM
Here's a site with some more info on the B-23. I visited the crash site when the team of three USAF Museum mechanics were working on it. The story of the crash and rescue is very interesting also.

http://www.aviationarchaeology.com/b23.htm

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