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CURTISS B-2

Posted 6/25/2009 Printable Fact Sheet
 
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Curtiss B-2 formation flight over Atlantic City, N.J. S/N 28-399 is in the foreground (tail section only). (U.S. Air Force photo)
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The Curtiss B-2 "Condor" was a production version of the XB-2 with more powerful engines and an improved wing design. The B-2 was initially rejected by the Army in favor of the Keystone LB-6, in part because the Curtiss aircraft was too expensive and too big to fit into existing hangars. The superior performance of the B-2, however, changed the thinking of the Air Corps leadership and a small production run of twelve B-2s was ordered in 1928-1929.

A transport version of the B-2 was tested by the Army as the C-30 and sold as the Model 18 commercial transport. The B-2 was the last bomber built by Curtiss Aircraft which concentrated on pursuit aircraft throughout the 1930s and 1940s (the Hawk series).


Type Number built/
converted
Remarks
B-2 12 Production version of XB-2


TECHNICAL NOTES:
Armament: six .30-cal. machine guns and 2,500 lbs. of bombs
Engines: Two Curtiss V-1570-7 Conqueror V-12s of 630 hp each
Top speed: 132 mph at sea level
Cruising speed: 114 mph
Service ceiling: 16,140 ft.
Range: 780 miles with full normal bomb load of 2,500 lbs.
Span: 90 ft. 0 in.
Length: 47 ft. 6 in.
Height: 16 ft. 3 in.
Weight: 16,500 lbs. gross
Crew: Five
Serial number: 28-398 and 399; 29-28 to 29-37

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