Consolidated B-32 Dominator

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The Dominator was designed by Consolidated to meet an Air Force specification that also resulted in the competing Boeing B-29 Superfortress. Each company won contracts to produce aircraft, but Consolidated ran into problems with the B-32 development. Like the B-29, the B-32 had pressurized crew compartments and remotely-controlled gun turrets. When the production examples of the B-32 were delivered in November 1944, however, these two features had been deleted from the aircraft. Only 15 aircraft were to become operational before VJ-Day (plus another 40 training examples), but at the end of the war all versions were very soon withdrawn from service.

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(updated February 2009)

Consolidated B-32 Dominator

Type:		long range strategic bomber
Crew:		8
Armament: 	two 20mm cannon (one in nose, one in tail)
		four .50 cal machine guns
		up to 20,000 lbs. of bombs

	Length:        	83' 1" (25.32 m)
	Height:        	33' 0" (10.06 m)
	Wingspan:      	135' 0" (41.15 m)
	Wing area:	1422 sq. ft (132.10 sq. m)
	Empty Weight:  	60,272 lb (27,229 kg)
	Max Weight: 	111,500 lb (50,576 kg) max at takeoff

	No. of Engines:	4
	Powerplant:    	Wright R-3350-23 Cyclone radial
	Horsepower:	2200 hp each

	Range w/max bombload: 	800 miles (1287 km)
	Max Range: 	3800 miles (6115 km)
	Cruise Speed:   (not listed)
	Max Speed:      357 mph ( 575 km/h) at 25000 ft
	Ceiling:       	35,000 ft (10,760 m)

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