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== Description ==
 
== Description ==
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[[File:GarageImage_{{PAGENAME}}.jpg|420px|thumb|left]]
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The '''{{Specs|name}}''' is a rank {{Specs|rank}} American bomber {{Battle-rating}}. It was introduced in [[Update 1.59 "Flaming Arrows"]].
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The '''{{Specs|name}}''' is a Rank {{Specs|rank}} American bomber {{Battle-rating}}. It was introduced in [[Update_1.59_"Flaming_Arrows"|Update 1.59 "Flaming Arrows"]].
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This is the first multi-engine land-based bomber available in the American Bomber tech tree. With a maximum bomb load of 2,000 lbs, it is a decent medium bomber, although its gunners' fields of fire are somewhat poor, the only viable one being the dorsal turret gunner which suffers from the large blind spot the rudder creates directly behind the aircraft. It is recommended to level bomb at high altitude, as its poor manoeuvrability means you will have a hard time bombing moving ground targets at low altitude without a relatively straight bombing run.
  
 
== General info ==
 
== General info ==
=== Flight Performance ===
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=== Flight performance ===
<!--''Describe how the aircraft behaves in the air. Maximum speed, maneuverability, speed and allowable loads - these are the most important characteristics of the vehicle.''-->
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{{Specs-Avia-Flight}}
{| class="wikitable" style="text-align:center"
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<!-- ''Describe how the aircraft behaves in the air. Speed, manoeuvrability, acceleration and allowable loads - these are the most important characteristics of the vehicle.'' -->
|-
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! colspan="8" | Characteristics
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{| class="wikitable" style="text-align:center" width="70%"
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! rowspan="2" | Characteristics
! colspan="8" | ''Stock''
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! colspan="2" | Max Speed<br>(km/h at 3,049 m)
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! rowspan="2" | Max altitude<br>(metres)
! colspan="2" | Max Speed<br>(km/h at ?,000 m)
 
! rowspan="2" | Max altitude<br>(meters)
 
 
! colspan="2" | Turn time<br>(seconds)
 
! colspan="2" | Turn time<br>(seconds)
! colspan="2" | Rate of climb<br>(meters/second)
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! colspan="2" | Rate of climb<br>(metres/second)
! rowspan="2" |Take-off run<br>(meters)
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! rowspan="2" | Take-off run<br>(metres)
 
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|-
! ABN1K2-J
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! AB !! RB !! AB !! RB !! AB !! RB
! RB
 
! AB
 
! RB
 
! AB
 
! RB
 
 
|-
 
|-
| ? || ? || {{Specs|ceiling}} || ??.? || ??.? || ??.? || ??.? || ???
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! Stock
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| 357 || 344 || rowspan="2" | {{Specs|ceiling}} || 21.9 || 22.8 || 5.7 || 5.7 || rowspan="2" | 500
 
|-
 
|-
! colspan="8" | ''Upgraded''
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! Upgraded
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| 395 || 375 || 20.1 || 21.0 || 10.3 || 7.7
! colspan="2" | Max Speed<br>(km/h at ?,000 m)
 
! rowspan="2" |Max altitude (meters)
 
! colspan="2" | Turn time (seconds)
 
! colspan="2" | Rate of climb<br>(meters/second)
 
! rowspan="2" |Take-off run (meters)
 
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! AB
 
! RB
 
! AB
 
! RB
 
! AB
 
! RB
 
|-
 
| ? || ? || {{Specs|ceiling}} || ??.? || ??.? || ??.? || ??.? || ???
 
 
|-
 
|-
 
|}
 
|}
  
====Details====
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==== Details ====
{| class="wikitable" style="text-align:center"
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{| class="wikitable" style="text-align:center" width="50%"
 
|-
 
|-
 
! colspan="5" | Features
 
! colspan="5" | Features
 
|-
 
|-
! Combat flap
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! Combat flaps !! Take-off flaps !! Landing flaps !! Air brakes !! Arrestor gear
! Take-off flap
 
! Landing flap
 
! Air brakes
 
! Arrestor gear
 
 
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|-
| X || X || X || X || X    <!-- ✓ -->
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| || || || X || X    <!-- ✓ -->
 
|-
 
|-
 
|}
 
|}
  
{| class="wikitable" style="text-align:center"
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{| class="wikitable" style="text-align:center" width="50%"
 
|-
 
|-
! colspan="5" | Limits
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! colspan="7" | Limits
 
|-
 
|-
! rowspan="2" | Wing-break speed<br>(km/h)
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! rowspan="2" | Wings (km/h)
! rowspan="2" | Gear limit<br>(km/h)
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! rowspan="2" | Gear (km/h)
! rowspan="2" | Combat flap<br> (km/h)
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! colspan="3" | Flaps (km/h)
 
! colspan="2" | Max Static G
 
! colspan="2" | Max Static G
 
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|-
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! Combat !! Take-off !! Landing !! + !! -
! -
 
 
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| {{Specs|разрушение|конструкции}} || {{Specs|разрушение|шасси}} || ??? || ~?? || ~?
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| {{Specs|destruction|body}} || {{Specs|destruction|gear}} || 333 || 324 || 280 || ~10 || ~4
 
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{| class="wikitable" style="text-align:center"
 
|-
 
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! colspan="4" | Optimal velocities
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! colspan="4" | Optimal velocities (km/h)
 
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|-
! Ailerons<br>(km/h)
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! Ailerons !! Rudder !! Elevators !! Radiator
! Rudder<br>(km/h)
 
! Elevators<br>(km/h)
 
! Radiator<br>(km/h)
 
 
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| < ??? || < ??? || < ??? || > ???
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| < 200 || < 270 || < 250 || > 324
 
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|-
 
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! WEP Engine power
 
! WEP Engine power
 
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| ?,??? m || ??? hp || ?,??? hp  
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| 1,158 m || 860 hp || 1,032 hp
 
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|-
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! colspan="3" | Setting 2
 
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! Optimal altitude
 
! Optimal altitude
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! WEP Engine power
 
! WEP Engine power
 
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| ?,??? m || ?,??? hp || ?,??? hp  
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| 2,926 m || 850 hp || 1,020 hp
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! colspan="3" | Setting 3
 
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! Optimal altitude
 
! 100% Engine power
 
! WEP Engine power
 
 
|-
 
|-
| ?,??? m || ?,??? hp || ?,??? hp
 
|- -->
 
 
|}
 
|}
  
 
=== Survivability and armour ===
 
=== Survivability and armour ===
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{{Specs-Avia-Armour}}
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* No armour plating
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* No armour protection
* No armour glazing
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* Engines and fuel tanks in root of wing
* Critical components located at front of aircraft (fuel, pilot, engine, controls)
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* More fuel tanks located in wings near fuselage
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=== Modifications and economy ===
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{{Specs-Economy}}
  
 
== Armaments ==
 
== Armaments ==
=== Offensive armament ===
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{{Specs-Avia-Armaments}}
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=== Suspended armament ===
{{main|MAC 1934 (7.5 mm)}}
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{{Specs-Avia-Suspended}}
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{{main|AN-M30A1 (100 lb)|AN-M57 (250 lb)|AN-M64A1 (500 lb)|AN-M65A1 (1,000 lb)|AN-M66A2 (2,000 lb)}}
  
The '''''{{PAGENAME}}''''' is armed with:
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The '''''{{PAGENAME}}''''' can be outfitted with the following ordnance:
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* 12 x 100 lb AN-M30A1 bombs (1,200 lb total)
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* 8 x 250 lb AN-M57 bombs (2,000 lb total)
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* 4 x 500 lb AN-M64A1 bombs (2,000 lb total)
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* 2 x 1,000 lb AN-M65A1 bombs (2,000 lb total)
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* 1 x 2,000 lb AN-M66A2 bomb (2,000 lb total)
  
* 4 x 7.5 mm [[MAC 1934 (7.5 mm)|MAC 1934]] machine guns (300 rpg = 1,200 total)
 
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''Describe the aircraft's suspended armament: additional cannons under the wings, bombs, rockets and torpedoes. This section is especially important for bombers and attackers. If there is no suspended weaponry remove this subsection.''-->
 
&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;''Main article:&nbsp;'''[[:Category:Suspended armaments|Bombs]]'''''-->
 
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=== Defensive armament ===
 
=== Defensive armament ===
''Defensive armament with turret machine guns or cannons, crewed by gunners. Examine the number of gunners and what belts or drums are better to use. If defensive weaponry is not available remove this subsection.''
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{{Specs-Avia-Defensive}}
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<!-- ''Defensive armament with turret machine guns or cannons, crewed by gunners. Examine the number of gunners and what belts or drums are better to use. If defensive weaponry is not available, remove this subsection.'' -->
== Usage in the battles ==
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{{main|Browning (7.62 mm)}}
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The '''''{{PAGENAME}}''''' is defended by:
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* 1 x 7.62 mm Browning machine gun, chin turret (500 rpg)
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* 1 x 7.62 mm Browning machine gun, dorsal turret (500 rpg)
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* 1 x 7.62 mm Browning machine gun, ventral turret (500 rpg)
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== Usage in battles ==
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As the first non-naval bomber available to the Americans, this plane is faster than its predecessors in the tech tree, the PBY flying boats. Its bomb load isn't bad for rank 1, with its maximum bomb load being either a single 2,000 lbs bomb (which is enough to destroy a base in one strike in RB as of update 1.95) or eight 250 lbs bombs, which is more than enough to take out a base with two bombs left to spare at matches in the 1.0-2.0 range. The defensive armament is somewhat lackluster however, with only 3 defensive positions, and of the 3 only one is somewhat viable for the defence of the aircraft. The lower ventral gunner is almost useless, and easily taken out, and the frontal gunner is only useful if your current enemy is directly in front and below you. The last turret, a massive dorsal contraption, can fire anywhere in around the aircraft. However, it cannot fire at things directly above it or below it, limiting its effectiveness. In addition, a significant bind spot is formed by to the rather large tail fin and rudder. Overall this bomber can be considered a trainer for the later American heavy bombers with its slow lumbering presence, high bomb load and multiple defensive positions.
  
===Manual Engine Control===
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Low manoeuvrability of this giant bomber does not allow dive bombing and the large wing area is easy prey to enemy fighters as the wings can be ripped off with the slightest damage. Most often, you will want to maintain altitude at your operational ceiling and bomb the enemy bases, or you can spray along enemy AAA emplacements.
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=== Manual Engine Control ===
 
{| class="wikitable" style="text-align:center"
 
{| class="wikitable" style="text-align:center"
 
|-
 
|-
 
! colspan="7" | MEC elements
 
! colspan="7" | MEC elements
 
|-
 
|-
! rowspan="2" |Mixer
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! rowspan="2" | Mixer
! rowspan="2" |Pitch
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! rowspan="2" | Pitch
! colspan="3" |Radiator
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! colspan="3" | Radiator
! rowspan="2" |Supercharger
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! rowspan="2" | Supercharger
! rowspan="2" |Turbocharger
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! rowspan="2" | Turbocharger
 
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! Oil
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! Oil !! Water !! Type
! Water
 
! Type  
 
 
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| Controllable || rowspan="2" | Not controllable || rowspan="2" | Not controllable || rowspan="2" | Not controllable || rowspan="2" | Separate || rowspan="2" | Not ontrollable || rowspan="2" | Not controllable
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| Controllable || Controllable<br>Not auto controlled || Controllable<br>Auto control available || Controllable<br>Auto control available || Separate || Controllable<br>2 gears || Not controllable
 
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|}
  
===Modules===
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=== Pros and cons ===
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! colspan="1" | Tier
 
! colspan="2" | Flight performance
 
! colspan="1" | Survivability
 
! colspan="2" | Weaponry
 
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| I
 
| Fuselage Repair
 
| Radiator
 
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| II
 
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| Compressor
 
| Airframe
 
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| III
 
| Wings Repair
 
| Engine
 
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| IV
 
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| Engine Injection
 
| Cover
 
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=== Pros and cons ===
 
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'''Pros:'''
 
'''Pros:'''
  
* Fairly maneuverable for a bomber.
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* Fairly manoeuvrable for a bomber
* Can equip a 2000 lb. bomb.
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* Great turn time, even stock (22.8 seconds stock and 21 seconds upgraded)
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* One of the first aircraft to have a co-pilot
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* Single 2,000 lb bomb can destroy an entire base, decimate vehicle formations, and be of great use in battles
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* Frontal gunner has a bigger field of fire allowing some flexibility in engaging other aircraft
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* Fairly fast for its tier and class, meaning you can outrun most biplanes, Russian I-153s being an exception
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* Similar playstyle to the B-10, pilots can expect similar general performance
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* Matchmaking tends to place the {{PAGENAME}} against fairly weak enemy fighters
  
 
'''Cons:'''
 
'''Cons:'''
  
* Rather slow.
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* Rather slow
* Weak defensive armament won't help you very well against enemy fighters.
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* Weak defensive armament will not help against enemy fighters especially firing from blind spots
* Nose machine gun can't fire directly to the front.
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* Nose machine gun can't fire directly to the front
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* Very large plane and can be an easy target to shoot down without a fighter escort
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* Defensive armament (.30 cal MGs) cannot compete with its Russian or German counterparts or other nations that have a fire rate advantage
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* The engines are fairly easy to target and knock out with centreline weaponry like those found on Yak-1s and LaGG 3s
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* It has gained notoriety for its bombload, meaning you are a team-wide target
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* When doing a loop, it commonly overshoots the cursor, leading to a loss (or gain) of speed\
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* No armour
  
 
== History ==
 
== History ==
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In the mid-1930s, the Douglas Aircraft Company developed the medium bomber B-18 Bolo with the intent to replace the Martin B-10 bomber. Though it was a heavier aircraft than the B-10 and based upon the successful DC-2 aircraft body, the B-18 utilized more crew members allowing for a dedicated bombardier, turret gunners, pilot and co-pilot. By 1940 however, the aircraft was considered to be underpowered and had inadequate defensive armaments (too many blind-spots the nose and dorsal gunner cannot get to). The bomber had an impressive 2,000 lb maximum bomb load; however, this also was already considered to be ineffectual.
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Army Air units began fielding the While the Martin B-10 which was the first mass-produced bomber which exceeded pursuit fighter capabilities in the amount of ammunition it could drop. With the military always on the look-out for the next greatest technology, a request to aircraft designers was submitted to produce the next generation bomber to supersede the B-10. Three competitors submitted bids, and each presented an aircraft for the military to evaluate. Martin produced the Model 146 9 (an upgraded version of the B-10), Douglas introduced the DB-1 (the future B-18), and Boeing submitted their Model 299 which later developed into the renowned B-17. While Boeings Model 299 was clearly the superior aircraft, however, a crash during a demonstration flight due to pilot error, removed this aircraft from consideration. Cost also played into some account as, during this time of economic depression, the $99,000 Model 299 was more expensive than the $58,000 DB-1. The military offered Douglas the contract, and they proceeded to develop the bomber for production.
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Douglas began fielding B-18s to evaluation units first and then later B-18A's were added to the inventory and became the backbone of the USAAC's bomber squadrons. Unfortunately, not long after the bombers arrived at their units, glaring deficiencies stood out, namely with cruise speed of the aircraft, its defensive armament and positions, defensive armour and its overall payload size. Disappointingly, the aircraft was determined to be obsolete and did not measure up to the military's requirements for a long-range bombing aircraft. These bombers would have been relative "sitting ducks" for enemy fighter aircraft.
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Though determined to be a failure, the bomber still played a limited role in World War II. Early on B-18 and B-18A bombers deployed to many locations overseas, however, this proved fatal for many of this aircraft type, especially at Pearl Harbour where most of the aircraft deployed there were destroyed while still on the ground during the Japanese attack. Pulled as the frontline bomber in 1942 (replaced by the B-17), the B-18A retrofitted and modified to play a role in anti-submarine warfare. Search radars or magnetic anomaly detection equipment were added along with depth charges to allow these bombers to be converted to anti-submarine patrol aircraft. One B-18A in October 1942 successfully sank the German submarine U-512 just north of French Guiana.
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It wasn't long before the B-18s were removed from U.S. military service and sold to other countries such as Brazil and Canada. Though they served in limited capabilities during the war-time effort, they continued to serve out many years in the civilian sector as trainer aircraft, transport aircraft, crop dusters and even fire retardant bombers.
  
 
== Media ==
 
== Media ==
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;Images
  
== Read also ==
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[[File:B-18A Custom 1.jpg|thumb|none|250px|{{PAGENAME}} with WT Live custom skin of the B-18A Bolo 37-0469 from the 38th Reconnaissance Squadron.]]
''Links to the articles on the War Thunder Wiki that you think will be useful for the reader, for example,''
 
  
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* [https://live.warthunder.com/post/742624/en/ B-18A Bolo 37-0469 from the 38th Reconnaissance Squadron] by user [https://live.warthunder.com/user/Bethelgause/ Bethelgause]
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== See also ==
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* ''reference to the series of the aircraft;''
 
* ''reference to the series of the aircraft;''
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== Sources ==
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;Aircraft of comparable role, configuration and era
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* Martin [[B-10B]]
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* Dornier [[Do 17 Z-2]]
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* Arkhangelsky [[Ar-2]]
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* [[Beaufort Mk VIII]]
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* Mitsubishi [[Ki-21-Ia]]
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* Fiat [[BR.20 DR]]
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* SAAB [[B3C]]
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* ''topic on the official game forum;''
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* ''other literature.''
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* [https://forum.warthunder.com/index.php?/topic/315757-douglas-b-18a/ Official data sheet - more details about the performance]
  
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{{AirManufacturer Douglas}}
 
{{USA bombers}}
 
{{USA bombers}}

Latest revision as of 10:32, 23 February 2021

VTOL | Rank 5 USA
AV-8A Harrier Pack
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B-18A
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Description

The B-18A is a rank I American bomber with a battle rating of 2.0 (AB), 1.3 (RB), and 1.7 (SB). It was introduced in Update 1.59 "Flaming Arrows".

This is the first multi-engine land-based bomber available in the American Bomber tech tree. With a maximum bomb load of 2,000 lbs, it is a decent medium bomber, although its gunners' fields of fire are somewhat poor, the only viable one being the dorsal turret gunner which suffers from the large blind spot the rudder creates directly behind the aircraft. It is recommended to level bomb at high altitude, as its poor manoeuvrability means you will have a hard time bombing moving ground targets at low altitude without a relatively straight bombing run.

General info

Flight performance

Max speed
at 3 049 m375 km/h
Turn time21 s
Max altitude7 500 m
Engine2 х Wright Cyclone R-1820-53
TypeRadial
Cooling systemAir
Take-off weight13 t
Characteristics Max Speed
(km/h at 3,049 m)
Max altitude
(metres)
Turn time
(seconds)
Rate of climb
(metres/second)
Take-off run
(metres)
AB RB AB RB AB RB
Stock 357 344 7500 21.9 22.8 5.7 5.7 500
Upgraded 395 375 20.1 21.0 10.3 7.7

Details

Features
Combat flaps Take-off flaps Landing flaps Air brakes Arrestor gear
X X
Limits
Wings (km/h) Gear (km/h) Flaps (km/h) Max Static G
Combat Take-off Landing + -
580 350 333 324 280 ~10 ~4
Optimal velocities (km/h)
Ailerons Rudder Elevators Radiator
< 200 < 270 < 250 > 324
Compressor (RB/SB)
Setting 1
Optimal altitude 100% Engine power WEP Engine power
1,158 m 860 hp 1,032 hp
Setting 2
Optimal altitude 100% Engine power WEP Engine power
2,926 m 850 hp 1,020 hp

Survivability and armour

Crew6 people
Speed of destruction
Structural580 km/h
Gear350 km/h
  • No armour protection
  • Engines and fuel tanks in root of wing

Modifications and economy

Repair costBasic → Reference
AB560 → 700 Sl icon.png
RB1 980 → 2 476 Sl icon.png
SB1 950 → 2 439 Sl icon.png
Total cost of modifications5 970 Rp icon.png
4 520 Sl icon.png
Talisman cost410 Ge icon.png
Crew training1 800 Sl icon.png
Experts6 300 Sl icon.png
Aces80 Ge icon.png
Research Aces140 000 Rp icon.png
Reward for battleAB / RB / SB
80 / 160 / 190 % Sl icon.png
106 / 106 / 106 % Rp icon.png
Modifications
Flight performance Survivability Weaponry
Mods aerodinamic fuse.png
Fuselage repair
Research:
300 Rp icon.png
Cost:
230 Sl icon.png
50 Ge icon.png
Mods radiator.png
Radiator
Research:
300 Rp icon.png
Cost:
230 Sl icon.png
50 Ge icon.png
Mods compressor.png
Compressor
Research:
450 Rp icon.png
Cost:
340 Sl icon.png
80 Ge icon.png
Mods aerodinamic wing.png
Wings repair
Research:
500 Rp icon.png
Cost:
380 Sl icon.png
90 Ge icon.png
Mods new engine.png
Engine
Research:
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Engine injection
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Airframe
Research:
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Cover
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LBC-17
Research:
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SBC-17
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Armaments

Suspended armament

Number of setups5
List of setups
Setup 112 x 100 lb AN-M30A1 bomb
Setup 28 x 250 lb AN-M57 bomb
Setup 34 x 500 lb AN-M64A1 bomb
Setup 42 x 1000 lb AN-M65A1 bomb
Setup 51 x 2000 lb AN-M66A2 bomb

The B-18A can be outfitted with the following ordnance:

  • 12 x 100 lb AN-M30A1 bombs (1,200 lb total)
  • 8 x 250 lb AN-M57 bombs (2,000 lb total)
  • 4 x 500 lb AN-M64A1 bombs (2,000 lb total)
  • 2 x 1,000 lb AN-M65A1 bombs (2,000 lb total)
  • 1 x 2,000 lb AN-M66A2 bomb (2,000 lb total)

Defensive armament

Ammunition500 rounds
Fire rate1000 shots/min
Main article: Browning (7.62 mm)

The B-18A is defended by:

  • 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)

Usage in battles

As the first non-naval bomber available to the Americans, this plane is faster than its predecessors in the tech tree, the PBY flying boats. Its bomb load isn't bad for rank 1, with its maximum bomb load being either a single 2,000 lbs bomb (which is enough to destroy a base in one strike in RB as of update 1.95) or eight 250 lbs bombs, which is more than enough to take out a base with two bombs left to spare at matches in the 1.0-2.0 range. The defensive armament is somewhat lackluster however, with only 3 defensive positions, and of the 3 only one is somewhat viable for the defence of the aircraft. The lower ventral gunner is almost useless, and easily taken out, and the frontal gunner is only useful if your current enemy is directly in front and below you. The last turret, a massive dorsal contraption, can fire anywhere in around the aircraft. However, it cannot fire at things directly above it or below it, limiting its effectiveness. In addition, a significant bind spot is formed by to the rather large tail fin and rudder. Overall this bomber can be considered a trainer for the later American heavy bombers with its slow lumbering presence, high bomb load and multiple defensive positions.

Low manoeuvrability of this giant bomber does not allow dive bombing and the large wing area is easy prey to enemy fighters as the wings can be ripped off with the slightest damage. Most often, you will want to maintain altitude at your operational ceiling and bomb the enemy bases, or you can spray along enemy AAA emplacements.

Manual Engine Control

MEC elements
Mixer Pitch Radiator Supercharger Turbocharger
Oil Water Type
Controllable Controllable
Not auto controlled
Controllable
Auto control available
Controllable
Auto control available
Separate Controllable
2 gears
Not controllable

Pros and cons

Pros:

  • Fairly manoeuvrable for a bomber
  • Great turn time, even stock (22.8 seconds stock and 21 seconds upgraded)
  • One of the first aircraft to have a co-pilot
  • Single 2,000 lb bomb can destroy an entire base, decimate vehicle formations, and be of great use in battles
  • Frontal gunner has a bigger field of fire allowing some flexibility in engaging other aircraft
  • Fairly fast for its tier and class, meaning you can outrun most biplanes, Russian I-153s being an exception
  • Similar playstyle to the B-10, pilots can expect similar general performance
  • Matchmaking tends to place the B-18A against fairly weak enemy fighters

Cons:

  • Rather slow
  • Weak defensive armament will not help against enemy fighters especially firing from blind spots
  • Nose machine gun can't fire directly to the front
  • Very large plane and can be an easy target to shoot down without a fighter escort
  • Defensive armament (.30 cal MGs) cannot compete with its Russian or German counterparts or other nations that have a fire rate advantage
  • The engines are fairly easy to target and knock out with centreline weaponry like those found on Yak-1s and LaGG 3s
  • It has gained notoriety for its bombload, meaning you are a team-wide target
  • When doing a loop, it commonly overshoots the cursor, leading to a loss (or gain) of speed\
  • No armour

History

In the mid-1930s, the Douglas Aircraft Company developed the medium bomber B-18 Bolo with the intent to replace the Martin B-10 bomber. Though it was a heavier aircraft than the B-10 and based upon the successful DC-2 aircraft body, the B-18 utilized more crew members allowing for a dedicated bombardier, turret gunners, pilot and co-pilot. By 1940 however, the aircraft was considered to be underpowered and had inadequate defensive armaments (too many blind-spots the nose and dorsal gunner cannot get to). The bomber had an impressive 2,000 lb maximum bomb load; however, this also was already considered to be ineffectual.

Army Air units began fielding the While the Martin B-10 which was the first mass-produced bomber which exceeded pursuit fighter capabilities in the amount of ammunition it could drop. With the military always on the look-out for the next greatest technology, a request to aircraft designers was submitted to produce the next generation bomber to supersede the B-10. Three competitors submitted bids, and each presented an aircraft for the military to evaluate. Martin produced the Model 146 9 (an upgraded version of the B-10), Douglas introduced the DB-1 (the future B-18), and Boeing submitted their Model 299 which later developed into the renowned B-17. While Boeings Model 299 was clearly the superior aircraft, however, a crash during a demonstration flight due to pilot error, removed this aircraft from consideration. Cost also played into some account as, during this time of economic depression, the $99,000 Model 299 was more expensive than the $58,000 DB-1. The military offered Douglas the contract, and they proceeded to develop the bomber for production.

Douglas began fielding B-18s to evaluation units first and then later B-18A's were added to the inventory and became the backbone of the USAAC's bomber squadrons. Unfortunately, not long after the bombers arrived at their units, glaring deficiencies stood out, namely with cruise speed of the aircraft, its defensive armament and positions, defensive armour and its overall payload size. Disappointingly, the aircraft was determined to be obsolete and did not measure up to the military's requirements for a long-range bombing aircraft. These bombers would have been relative "sitting ducks" for enemy fighter aircraft.

Though determined to be a failure, the bomber still played a limited role in World War II. Early on B-18 and B-18A bombers deployed to many locations overseas, however, this proved fatal for many of this aircraft type, especially at Pearl Harbour where most of the aircraft deployed there were destroyed while still on the ground during the Japanese attack. Pulled as the frontline bomber in 1942 (replaced by the B-17), the B-18A retrofitted and modified to play a role in anti-submarine warfare. Search radars or magnetic anomaly detection equipment were added along with depth charges to allow these bombers to be converted to anti-submarine patrol aircraft. One B-18A in October 1942 successfully sank the German submarine U-512 just north of French Guiana.

It wasn't long before the B-18s were removed from U.S. military service and sold to other countries such as Brazil and Canada. Though they served in limited capabilities during the war-time effort, they continued to serve out many years in the civilian sector as trainer aircraft, transport aircraft, crop dusters and even fire retardant bombers.

Media

Images
B-18A with WT Live custom skin of the B-18A Bolo 37-0469 from the 38th Reconnaissance Squadron.
Skins

See also

Aircraft of comparable role, configuration and era

External links


Douglas Aircraft Company
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