The Douglas A-20 Havoc light bomber was one of the most extensively built of the light bombers of WWII. It was used in a variety of roles, performing them well but without distinction. Initially configured with a standard bomber glass nose, some later versions had a solid nose containing multiple machine guns for use in low-level attacks. Some A-20s equipped with radar equipment were redesignated as P-70s and were used as night fighters until replaced in 1944 by the P-61 "Black Widow". The P-70 was given the name Nighthawk, though this name was rarely used. A further variation of the A-20 was the F-3A, which was the photo recon variant. The Havoc was known as the Boston Mark III to the British (who also used it in various theaters), and as the DB-7 to the French.
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(updated February 2009)
Douglas A-20 Havoc
Type: Light Bomber Crew: three Armament: seven .50 cal machine guns up to 4000 lbs. of bombs Specifications: Length: 47' 11" (14.6 m) Height: 17' 7" (5.36 m) Wingspan: 61' 4" (18.69 m) Wing area: 464 sq. ft (43.10 sq. m) Empty Weight: 16993 lb (7706 kg) Gross Weight: 24127 lb Propulsion: No. of Engines: 2 Powerplant: Wright R-2600-23 Horsepower: 1600 hp each Performance: Range: 945 miles (1521 km) Cruise Speed: 256 mph ( 412 km/h) Max Speed: 317 mph ( 510 km/h) Ceiling: 23700 ft (7223.40 m)
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