The PB4Y-2 Privateer was designed for a 1943 U.S. Navy contract to develop a naval variation of the B-24 Liberator. It was distinguished from the B-24 by having a new tail unit (with a tall single tail fin and rudder), a lengthened forward fuselage, changes in armament (two Martin dorsal turrets, an Erco nose ball turret and Erco two-gun 'teardrop' blisters on each side of the fuselage), and different engines (which had round instead of oval cowlings). The Privateer survived long after WWII, seeing service in the Korea. A few examples still remain in use today as fire-fighting bombers.
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(updated February 2009)
Consolidated PB4Y-2 Privateer
Type: land-based maritime patrol bomber Crew: Armament: twelve .50 cal machine guns up to 12,800 lbs. of bombs Specifications: Length: 74' 7" (22.73 m) Height: 30' 1" (9.17 m) Wingspan: 110' 0" (93.53 m) Wing area: 1048 sq. ft (97.36 sq. m) Empty Weight: 37,485 lb (17,003 kg) Max Weight: 65,000 lb (? kg) max at takeoff Propulsion: No. of Engines: 4 Powerplant: Pratt & Whitney R-1830-94 Twin Wasp radial Powerplant: Wright R-1860-52 Cyclone radial Horsepower: 1350 hp each Performance: Range: 2800 miles (4506 km) Cruise Speed: 140 mph ( 225 km/h) Max Speed: 237 mph ( 381 km/h) at 13,750 ft Ceiling: 20,700 ft (6310 m)
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