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operational before VJ-Day (plus another 40 training examples), but at the end of the war all versions were very soon withdrawn from service.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 Specifications: 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 Propulsion: No. of Engines: 4 Powerplant: Wright R-3350-23 Cyclone radial Horsepower: 2200 hp each Performance: 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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