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MARTIN B-26A

Posted 10/23/2009 Printable Fact Sheet
 
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The B-26A was a development of the basic B-26 incorporating changes on the production line. Fittings for mounting an auxiliary fuel tank in the aft bomb bay were added, and the nose and tail .30-cal. machine guns were upgraded to .50-cal. The A model aircraft was 2 feet, 3 inches longer than the initial B-26.

The first 30 of 139 A models built had R-2800-5 radial engines installed while the last 109 aircraft had R-2800-39 radials. The -39 fitted aircraft were designated B-26A-1 but were essentially identical to the earlier aircraft.

The RAF got 52 B-26A-1s (FK 109 to FK 160) and designated them Marauder Mk. Is.


Type Number built/
converted
Remarks
B-26A 139 Improved B-26; .50-cal. mgs. in nose and tail


TECHNICAL NOTES:
Armament: Four .50-cal. machine guns plus 4,800 lbs. of bombs
Engines: Two Pratt & Whitney R-2800-5 Double Wasp radials of 1,850 hp each (takeoff power) on B-26A; R-2800-39s on B-26A-1
Maximum speed: 313 mph
Cruising speed: 243 mph
Range: 1,000 miles with 3,000 lbs. bomb load; 2,600 miles (maximum)
Service ceiling: 23,500 ft.
Span: 65 ft. 0 in.
Length: 58 ft. 3 in.
Height: 19 ft. 10 in.
Weight: 33,022 lbs. (maximum)
Crew: Seven
Serial numbers: 41-7345 to 41-7483

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