B-18A Bolo

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General Info

B-18A in the Garage.

The B-18A Bolo is a Rank I American medium bomber with a battle rating of 2.0 (AB) and 1.7 (RB/SB). It was introduced in Update 1.59 "Flaming Arrows".

The main purpose, usage and tactics recommendations

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General play style

Vehicle characteristics

Tactics

Specific enemies worth noting

Counter-Tactics

Pros and cons

Pros

Cons

Specifications

Armaments

Defensive armaments

  • 1 x 7.62 mm Browning machine gun, chin turret, 500 rpg
  • 1 x 7.62 mm Browning machine gun, dorsal turret, 500 rpg
  • 1 x 7.62 mm Browning machine gun, ventral turret, 500 rpg

Payloads

  • 12 x 100 lb AN-M30A1 bombs
  • 8 x 250 lb AN-M57 bombs
  • 4 x 500 lb AN-M64A1 bombs
  • 2 x 1000 lb AN-M65A1 bombs
  • 1 x 2000 lb AN-M66A2 bomb

Engine & Mobility

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Engine

Name: Wright Cyclone R-1820-53 9-cylinder radial x2
  • Cooling type: Air
  • Max power: 735 hp (Stock), ___ hp (Upgraded)
  • Takeoff power: 902 hp (Stock), ___ hp (Upgraded)
  • Mass: 549 kg
Name: Wright Cyclone R-1820-53 9-cylinder radial x2
  • Cooling type: Air
  • Max power: 726 hp (Stock), ___ hp (Upgraded)
  • Takeoff power: 893 hp (Stock), ___ hp (Upgraded)
  • Mass: 549 kg
Name: Wright Cyclone R-1820-53 9-cylinder radial x2
  • Cooling type: Air
  • Max power: 726 hp (Stock), ___ hp (Upgraded)
  • Takeoff power: 893 hp (Stock), ___ hp (Upgraded)
  • Mass: 549 kg

Stats

Stock
  • Max speed: 353 km/h
    • at height: 3,049 m
  • Max altitude: 7,500 m
  • Turn Time: 22.2 s
  • Rate of Climb: 4.7 m/s
  • Takeoff run: 500 m

Upgraded

  • Max speed: ___ km/h
    • at height: 3,049 m
  • Max altitude: 7,500 m
  • Turn Time: __._ s
  • Rate of Climb: __._ m/s
  • Takeoff run: 500 m
Stock
  • Max speed: 344 km/h
    • at height: 3,049 m
  • Max altitude: 7,500 m
  • Turn Time: 22.8 s
  • Rate of Climb: 5.7 m/s
  • Takeoff run: 500 m

Upgraded

  • Max speed: ___ km/h
    • at height: 3,049 m
  • Max altitude: 7,500 m
  • Turn Time: __._ s
  • Rate of Climb: __._ m/s
  • Takeoff run: 500 m
Stock
  • Max speed: 344 km/h
    • at height: 3,049 m
  • Max altitude: 7,500 m
  • Turn Time: 22.8 s
  • Rate of Climb: 5.7 m/s
  • Takeoff run: 500 m

Upgraded

  • Max speed: ___ km/h
    • at height: 3,049 m
  • Max altitude: 7,500 m
  • Turn Time: __._ s
  • Rate of Climb: __._ m/s
  • Takeoff run: 500 m

Performance

B-18A Bolo/Horsepower graph

Modules and improvements

__MODIFICATIONS__

History of creation and combat usage

The B-18 Bolo was designed because the US Army wanted a new bomber that was faster and carried a heavier bomb load than the existing Martin B-10.

Two competitors showed up. Boeing model 299 (B-17), and the Douglas DB-1. Although the Boeing design was clearly superior (heavier bombload, longer range, and better defensive armament) The Boeing model 299 crashed upon takeoff, and the Army immediately switched to the Douglas model. The lower price also counted in favour of the B-18 ($58,000 compared to $99,260). The B-18 played a stop-gap role until better bombers (B-17 and B-24) to replace it. The B-18 was not very widely used due to the lack of defensive armament and speed. Only 350 B-18s were built until production stopped and the plane declared obsolete.

Screenshots and fan art

Skins and camouflages for the SM79series from live.warthunder.com.

Additional information (links)

References


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