Unfortunately known by some as "The WidowMaker", the B-26 earned its nickname and a lot of bad press due to a high number of crashes that occurred early in its career. Official investigations resulted in wing area increases and changes in training, the result being that the B-26 ended up with the lowest attrition rate of all the bombers in the 9th Air Force. The Marauder had a higher top speed and a larger bomb load than the B-25 Mitchell, but it was not quite as adaptable, and its fame suffered as a result.
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(updated February 2009)
Martin B-26 G Marauder
Type: seven-seat medium bomber Crew: seven Armament: eleven .50 cal machine guns up to 4,000 lbs. of bombs Specifications: Length: 56' 1" (17.09 m) Height: 20' 4" (6.20 m) Wingspan: 71' (21.64 m) Gross Weight: 37000 lb Propulsion: No. of Engines: 2 Powerplant: Pratt & Whitney R-2800-43 Double Wasp radial Horsepower: 1920 hp each Performance: Range: 1100 miles (1771.00 km) Cruise Speed: 216 mph (348 km/h) Max Speed: 285 mph (458.00 km/h) Ceiling: 19800 ft (6034.7 m)
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