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General characteristics
6 peopleCrew
12.6 tTake-off weight
Flight characteristics
7 500 mCeiling
2 х Wright Cyclone R-1820-53Engine
airCooling system
Speed of destruction
580 km/hStructural
350 km/hGear
Defensive armament
7.62 mm Browning machine gun3 х Turret
500 roundsAmmunition
1 000 shots/minFire rate
Suspended armament
12 x 100 lb AN-M30A1 bombSetup 1
8 x 250 lb AN-M57 bombSetup 2
4 x 500 lb AN-M64A1 bombSetup 3
2 x 1000 lb AN-M65A1 bombSetup 4
1 x 2000 lb AN-M66A2 bombSetup 5
5 900 Rp icon.pngResearch
6 300 Sl icon.pngPurchase
Sl icon.png1 380 / 1 722/1 500 / 1 871/590 / 736Repair
1 800 Sl icon.pngCrew training
6 300 Sl icon.pngExperts
80 Ge icon.pngAces
106 % Rp icon.pngReward for battle
210 % Sl icon.png170 % Sl icon.png70 % Sl icon.png


GarageImage B-18A.jpg

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 plane bomber available in the American Bomber tech tree. With a maximum bomb load of 2000 lbs, it is a decent medium bomber, although its gunner's field of fire are somewhat poor, the only viable one being the dorsal turret gunner which suffers for the large blind spot the rudder creates directly behind the aircraft. It is recommended to level bomb at high altitude, as its poor maneuverability means you will have a hard time bombing moving ground targets at low altitude without a relatively straight bombing run.

General info

Flight Performance

Describe how the aircraft behaves in the air. Speed, manoeuvrability, acceleration and allowable loads - these are the most important characteristics of the vehicle.

Max Speed
(km/h at 3,049 m)
Max altitude
Turn time
Rate of climb
Take-off run
353 344 7 500 22.2 22.8 4.7 5.7 500
Max Speed
(km/h at 3,049 m)
Max altitude (meters) Turn time (seconds) Rate of climb
Take-off run (meters)
 ?  ? 7 500  ??.?  ??.?  ??.?  ??.? 500


Combat flap Take-off flap Landing flap Air brakes Arrestor gear
Wing-break speed
Gear limit
Combat flap
Max Static G
+ -
580 350 340 ~?? ~?
Optimal velocities
< 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

  • No armour
  • Engines and fuel tanks in root of wing


Suspended armament

The B-18A is able to be equipped with:

  • 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

Defensive armament

Main article: Browning (7.62 mm)

The B-18A is defended with:

  • 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. It's bomb load isn't half bad for tier 1, with it's maximum bomb load being a single 2000 lb bomb, which is enough to destroy a base in one strike in RB as of 1.77. The defensive armament is somewhat lackluster however, with only 3 defensive positions, and of the 3 only one is somewhat viable for the defense 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, and massive dorsal contraption, can only fire in a 180 degree arc rear of the aircraft, and a significant bind spot is formed by the turrets proximity to the rather large rudder. Overall this bomber can be considered a trainer for the later American heavy bombers with it's slow lumbering presence and high bomb load, coupled with multiple defensive positions.

Manual Engine Control

MEC elements
Mixer Pitch Radiator Supercharger Turbocharger
Oil Water Type
Controllable Controllable
No automatic pitch
Auto control available
Auto control available
Separate Controllable
2 gears
Not controllable


Tier Flight performance Survivability Weaponry
I Fuselage Repair Radiator Turret 7.62 mm belts LBC-17
II Compressor Airframe New 7.62 mm MGs (turret)
III Wings Repair Engine SBC-17
IV Engine Injection Cover MBC-17

Pros and cons


  • Fairly maneuverable for a bomber.
  • Single 2000lb bomb can destroy a 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, so any players new to the Bolo that have used the B-10 can expect the same general performance.


  • Rather slow.
  • Weak defensive armament won't help you very well against enemy fighters.
  • Nose machine gun can't fire directly to the front.
  • Very large plane and can be a easy target to shootdown without a fighter escort.
  • Defences armament: .30cal MG's cannot compete with its Russian, German or nations that have a fire rate advantage.
  • The engines are fairly easy to target and be knocked out with centerlined weaponry. Yak-1 and LaGG series being very deadly to a B-18
  • It has gained a 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.


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.


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See also

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USA bombers
Dive  SB2U-2 · SB2U-3 · SBD-3 · SB2C-1c · SB2C-4
Torpedo  TBD-1 · PBY-5 Catalina · PBY-5a Catalina · TBF-1C · BTD-1
Medium  B-10B · B-18A · B-34 · PV-2D · B-25J-1 · B-25J-20 · A-26C-45 · A-26C-45DT
Heavy  B-17E · B-17E/L · B-17G-60-VE · PB4Y-2 · B-24D-25-CO · B-29A-BN
Other  PBM-3 "Mariner"