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HUFF-DALAND LB-1

Posted 6/25/2009 Printable Fact Sheet
 
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Huff-Daland LB-1
Side view of Huff-Daland LB-1 (S/N 26-378), the third LB-1 built. (U.S. Air Force photo)
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The Huff-Daland LB-1 was an improved version of the XLB-1. The LB-1 had a crew of four, one more than the XLB-1, and an improved Packard 2A-2540 engine. The LB-1 was named "Pegasus" by Huff-Daland but the name wasn't used by the Army Air Corps. Ten aircraft were ordered for service testing in 1925 and first flown in July 1927.

The LB-1 had about the same performance as the XLB-1, but carried a much larger bomb load of 2,750 pounds although the range was reduced by half. The LB-1 was the basis for the larger XHB-1 (Heavy Bomber), but the single-engine bomber was never seriously considered for production beyond the test phase. These aircraft were the last single-engine bombers ever tested by the Army (or the USAF).


Type Number built/
converted
Remarks
LB-1 10 Service test aircraft


TECHNICAL NOTES:
Armament: Five .30-cal. machine guns and 2,750 lbs. of bombs
Engine: One Packard 2A-2540 of 800 hp 
Maximum speed: 120 mph at sea level
Cruising speed: 105 mph
Service ceiling: 11,150 ft.
Range: Approx. 430 miles (varied by bomb load)
Span: 66 ft. 6 in.
Length: 46 ft. 2 in.
Height: 14 ft. 11 in.
Weight: 12,415 lbs. gross
Crew: Four
Serial numbers: 26-376 to 26-385

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