The frequent appearance of German U-Boats close to U.S. coastal waters made the U.S. Navy aware that it needed a long-range maritime patrol aircraft. Because Boeing had considerable experience with flying boats (the most famous being the Boeing 314-A "Clipper" used by Pan Am Airways), the Navy approached Boeing about designing a suitable aircraft for its purposes. In June 1940 a contract was awarded for a prototype XPBB-1, with the first flight taking place in July 1942. Unfortunately for Boeing, changing ideas regarding maritime patrol aircraft brought cancellation of the order for the U.S. Navy's XPBB-1 Sea Rangers, and this excellent flying boat never proceeded beyond the prototype stage. The sole example of the Sea Ranger was unofficially given the name "The Lone Ranger".
Additional information on this aircraft
can be found at Wikipedia
(updated February 2009)
Boeing XPBB-1 Sea Ranger
Type: long-range maritime patrol/bomber flying boat Crew: Armament: eight .50 inch machine guns up to 20,000 lbs. (9,072 kg) of bombs Specifications: Length: 94' 9" (28.88 m) Height: 34' 2" (10.41 m) Wingspan: 139' 8.5" (42.58 m) Wing area: 1826 sq. ft (169.64 sq. m) Empty Weight: 41,531 lb (18,838 kg) Max Weight: 101,130 lb (45,872 kg) max at takeoff Propulsion: No. of Engines: 2 Powerplant: Wright R-3350-8 Cyclone radial Horsepower: 2300 hp each Performance: Range: 6300 miles (10,140 km) Max Endurance: 72 hours Cruise Speed: 158 mph ( 254 km/h) Max Speed: 228 mph ( 367 km/h) at 14,200 ft Ceiling: 22,400 ft (6830 m)
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