Developed from the DC-2 civil transport, the Douglas DB-1 was designed in 1934 as a replacement for the USAAC's standard bomber, the B-10. The DB-1 was the losing contender in the USAAC contest, which was won by the Boeing B-17. Despite this, the DB-1 entered production as the B-18, with most of the USAAC's bomber squadrons being equipped by B-18s or B-18A's in 1940. The majority of the 33 B-18A's stationed with the USAAC in Hawaii in 1941 were destroyed in the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor. When the B-1 8 was replaced in first-line service by the B-17 in 1942, some 122 B-18s were equipped magnetic anomaly detection (MAD) equipment for deployment in the Caribbean on anti-submarine patrol. Some B-18s were used for transport duty, with a portion of these designated C-58s.
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(updated February 2009)
Douglas B-18 Bolo
Type: medium bomber and ASW aircraft Crew: 6 Armament: three 0.30 inch machine guns up to 6,500 lbs. of bombs Specifications: Length: 57' 10" (17.63 m) Height: 15' 2" (4.62 m) Wingspan: 89' 6" (27.28 m) Wing area: 965 sq. ft (89.65 sq. m) Empty Weight: 16,321 lb (7403 kg) Max Weight: 27,673 lb (12,552 kg) max at takeoff Propulsion: No. of Engines: 2 Powerplant: Wright R-1820-53 Cyclone 9 radial Horsepower: 1000 hp Performance: Range: 1200 miles (1931 km) Cruise Speed: 167 mph ( 269 km/h) Max Speed: 215 mph ( 346 km/h) at 10000 ft Ceiling: 23,900 ft (7285 m)
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