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