B-34 Lexington

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General Info

B-34 Lexington in the Garage.

The B-34 is a Rank II American medium bomber with a battle rating of 2.7. It was introduced in Update 1.65 "Way of the Samurai".

The main purpose, usage and tactics recommendations

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General play style

The B-34 is a typical American bomber in the sense that it's decent payload is outdone by its defensive armament. While it's maximum payload and the ability to carry a torpedo is nice, it's not necessarily as good as it's ability to take and give out damage to other aircraft. Start with base/pillbox bombing, and should an enemy fighter come to engage, give him hell with your turrets. do slight maneuvers constantly to throw off his shots while trying to put as many shells into his engine/pilot as possible. with any luck he will fall out of the sky in no time.

Vehicle characteristics

Tactics

Specific enemies worth noting

Counter-Tactics

Pros and cons

Pros:

  • Reasonably effective armament consisting of 2 x 7.62 Brownings and 2 x 12.7mm Brownings that are nose mounted
  • Durable air frame for it's BR
  • Reasonably effective defensive armament with good coverage on the rear section of the plane.
  • The dorsal turret can swivel 360 degrees and even fire at targets the nose of the plane
  • Can provide initial cover for other bombers until fighters reach their altitude.
  • Blazing fast top speed compared to other medium bombers at it's BR
  • Reasonably large payload capacity.

Cons:

  • The belly of the aircraft is a massive blind spot in the aircraft's defense
  • Poor climb rate and energy retention
  • For the most part, the offensive armament will only be useful in attacking enemy bombers, ground targets, or engaging fighters head-on, as the plane is too unmaneuverable for any real dog fighting of any kind.
  • Steel construction makes this plane particularly heavy, and a small payload limits this plane's ability to be used as a tactical or strategic bomber.
  • The Elevator can be shot off by an enemy plane easily. This can cause it to become uncontrollable in certain situations. However, it can still be controlled by operating flaps or adjusting engine power.
  • Poor maneuverability

Specifications

Armaments

Offensive armaments

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M2/early Browning USA

Pros

  • More powerful than the .30cals.
  • High rate of fire, though lower than the .30cals.
  • Accurate.

Cons

  • Weaker than cannons
  • Like the .30cals, default belts usually contain ball ammunition.



Defensive armaments

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M2 Browning Turret

Pros

Cons


Payloads

  • 7 x 250 lb AN-M57 bombs
  • 3 x 500 lb AN-M64A1 bombs + 4 x 250 lb AN-M57 bombs
  • 1 x 2216 lbs Mk. 13/44 torpedo

Engine & mobility

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Engine

Name: Pratt & Whitney R-2800-31 18-cylinder radial x2
  • Cooling type: Air
  • Max power: 1320 hp (Stock), ____ hp (Upgraded)
  • Takeoff power: 1687 hp (Stock), ____ hp (Upgraded)
  • Mass: 980 kg
Name: Pratt & Whitney R-2800-31 18-cylinder radial x2
  • Cooling type: Air
  • Max power: 1303 hp (Stock), ____ hp (Upgraded)
  • Takeoff power: 1670 hp (Stock), ____ hp (Upgraded)
  • Mass: 980 kg
Name: Pratt & Whitney R-2800-31 18-cylinder radial x2
  • Cooling type: Air
  • Max power: 1303 hp (Stock), ____ hp (Upgraded)
  • Takeoff power: 1670 hp (Stock), ____ hp (Upgraded)
  • Mass: 980 kg

Stats

Stock
  • Max speed: 509 km/h
    • at height: 4,572 m
  • Max altitude: 9,500 m
  • Turn Time: 28.6 s
  • Rate of Climb: 6.7 m/s
  • Takeoff run: 480 m

Upgraded

  • Max speed: ___ km/h
    • at height: 4,572 m
  • Max altitude: 9,500 m
  • Turn Time: __._ s
  • Rate of Climb: _._ m/s
  • Takeoff run: 480 m
Stock
  • Max speed: 496 km/h
    • at height: 4,572 m
  • Max altitude: 9,500 m
  • Turn Time: 29.3 s
  • Rate of Climb: 8.5 m/s
  • Takeoff run: 480 m

Upgraded

  • Max speed: ___ km/h
    • at height: 4,572 m
  • Max altitude: 9,500 m
  • Turn Time: __._ s
  • Rate of Climb: _._ m/s
  • Takeoff run: 480 m
Stock
  • Max speed: 496 km/h
    • at height: 4,572 m
  • Max altitude: 9,500 m
  • Turn Time: 29.3 s
  • Rate of Climb: 8.5 m/s
  • Takeoff run: 480 m

Upgraded

  • Max speed: ___ km/h
    • at height: 4,572 m
  • Max altitude: 9,500 m
  • Turn Time: __._ s
  • Rate of Climb: _._ m/s
  • Takeoff run: 480 m

Performance

B-34/Horsepower graph

Modules and improvements

__MODIFICATIONS__

History of creation and combat usage

In the beginning of the war, the British was looking for a medium-ranged anti-submarine warfare and patrol aircraft to support the existing Avro Anson. The Lockheed company sent a drawing of thier model 144 civillian airliner. The British Purchasing Commission saw the design and asked Lockheed to make modifications to the model 14, also known as the Lockheed Super Electra. Modifications include two fixed forward-firing Browning 7.7mm machine guns in the nose. There was also the installation of Boulton Paul dorsal gun turrets with two Browning machine guns. Some models had beam guns installed, other had different engines or propellers. They called it the Hudson, eventually it needed a replacement. So Lockheed made it bigger and heavier and introduced it as the B-34 Lexington. It went under the US Army as the B-34, and the Navy as PV-2 Harpoon.(V because Vega aircraft division of Lockheed made the Harpoon.) In British service it was simply called the Lockheed Ventura.

Screenshots and fan art

Skins for the B-25J-20 from live.warthunder.com.

Additional information (links)

[Devblog] Lockheed B-34: Hudson’s bigger brother

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