Consolidated PB4Y Privateer

PB4Y Privateer #2 PB4Y Privateer #3

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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Additional information on this aircraft can be found at Wikipedia here.
To see books on the Privateer, see the bottom of this page.
(updated February 2009)

Consolidated PB4Y-2 Privateer

Type:		land-based maritime patrol bomber
Armament: 	twelve .50 cal machine guns
		up to 12,800 lbs. of bombs

	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

	No. of Engines:	4
	Powerplant:    	Pratt & Whitney R-1830-94 Twin Wasp radial
	Powerplant:    	Wright R-1860-52 Cyclone radial
	Horsepower:	1350 hp each

	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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For additional information on this aircraft read these books:
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Above an Angry Sea:
United States B-24 Liberator and PB4Y-2 Privateer Operations in the Pacific (October 1944 to August 1945)

by Alan C. Carey

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The Reluctant Raiders :
The Story of United States Navy
Bombing Squadron VB/VPB-109
During World War II

by Alan C. Carey

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