BOLO
BOLO

Manufacturer

DOUGLAS

Markings:

25th Antisubmarine Wing, 4th Antisubmarine Squadron, Langley AAF, Virginia, July 1942

Designation:

B-18B

Registration:

N66267

Serial Number:

38-0593

DOUGLAS B-18B BOLO

Designed in response to a 1934 U.S. Army Air Corps requirement for a replacement for the B-10, the B-18 was based on the Douglas DC-2 airliner using similar wings, tail and engines. The Bolo entered production in 1936 and by 1940 most of the bomber squadrons in the Air Corps were equipped with B-18s. When the United States entered World War II the B-18 was obsolete as a bomber and was in the process of being replaced by the B-17, however 122 were modified with a nose mounted radar replacing the bombardier and magnetic anomaly detectors for locating submarines installed in the tail and called B-18B. These aircraft served in the Caribbean and Atlantic hunting for German submarines through 1943. Most B-18s were retired to transport duties for the remainder of the war and were then sold as surplus in 1945 and 1946.
 

Specifications

  • Wingspan: 89 ft 6 in
  • Length: 57 ft 10 in
  • Height: 15 ft 2 in
  • Weight: 27,673 lbs (loaded)
  • Max. Speed: 215 mph
  • Service Ceiling: 23,900 ft
  • Engines: 2 Wright R-1820-53 radials, 850 horsepower each
  • Crew: 6