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CONSOLIDATED B-24 LIBERATOR



Type: Long range heavy bomber
Origin: Consolidated Vultee
Models: See below
Crew: Ten
First Flight: XB-24: Dec. 29, 1939
First Delivery: LB-30A: March 1941
Combat Debut: B-24C: Nov. 1941
Production End: May 31, 1945
Production: 19,203

POWERPLANT:
B-24J
    Model: Pratt & Whitney R-1830-65 Twin Wasp
    Type: 14-cyl. two row radials
    Number: Four       Horsepower: 1,200hp

DIMENSIONS:
   Wing Span (B-24J): 110ft. 0in. (33.5m)
   Length (B-24J): 67 ft. 2 in. (20.47m)
   Height (B-24J): 18 ft. (5.49m)
   Wing Area: N/A

WEIGHTS:
    Empty (B-24J): 37,000 lb. (16,783 kg.)
    Loaded (B-24J): 65,000 lb. (29,484 kg.)

PERFORMANCE:
   Max. Speed:
    B-24J: 290 mph (467 kph)
   Initial Climb:
    B-24J: 900 ft/min (274m/min)
   Service Ceiling:
    B-24J: 28,000 ft. (8534m)
   Range:
    B-24J (at 190mph with 5,000 lb load): 2,200 miles (3540km)
  ARMAMENT:
Two 0.5 in. Browning MG in Consolidated or Emerson nose turret
Two 0.5 in. Browning MG in Martin dorsal turret
Two 0.5 in. Browning MG in Briggs-Sperry retractable ventral ball turret
Two 0.5 in. Browning MG in Consolidated or Motor Products tail turret
One 0.5 in. Browning MG in each manual waist mounts

BOMB LOAD:
8,000 lb. (3629 kg.) typical load carried internally

VARIANTS:
XB-24: prototype
LB-30A: transport
B-24C/Liberator II: Bomber
B-24D: Bomber
B-24G/PB4Y: Bomber
B-24H/Liberator B.VI: Bomber
B-24J/Liberator GR.VI: Bomber
B-24N: omber with single tail fin
CB-24: Lead ship
TB-24: Trainer
F-7: Photo Reconnaisance
C-109: Fuel tanker
QB-24: drone.
C-87: Transport.

Sources:
Gunston, Bill - The Encyclodepia of the Worlds Combat aircraft, 1976, Chartwell Books, Inc., New York

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