Douglas B-23 Dragon

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In an attempt to rectify the shortcomings of their DB-1 design, the Douglas team developed an improved version of the aircraft in 1938. The USAAC awarded a contract for this new design under the designation B-23 Dragon. First flown in July 1939, the 33 examples of the B-23 proved to have disappointing performance and flight characteristics. As a result the Dragon saw only limited service in a patrol capacity before being relegated to training duties. Twelve examples were later modified as utility transports (as VC-67s), and were also used as glider tugs.

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(updated February 2009)

Douglas B-23 Dragon

Type:		medium bomber
Crew:		4-5
Armament: 	one 0.50 inch machine gun
		three 0.30 inch machine guns

	Length:        	58' 4" (17.78 m)
	Height:        	18' 6" (5.64 m)
	Wingspan:      	92' 0" (28.04 m)
	Wing area:	993 sq. ft (92.25 sq. m)
	Empty Weight:  	19,059 lb (8645 kg)
	Max Weight: 	30,475 lb (13,823 kg) max at takeoff

	No. of Engines:	2
	Powerplant:    	Wright R-2600-3 Cyclone 14 radial
	Horsepower:	1600 hp each

	Range:		1455 miles (2342 km)
	Cruise Speed:   (not listed)
	Max Speed:      282 mph ( 454 km/h) at 12000 ft
	Ceiling:       	31,600 ft (9630 m)

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