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MARTIN B-26B-10 TO B-26B-55

Posted 6/26/2009 Printable Fact Sheet
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Martin B-26B-50-MA (S/N 42-95857) "Shootin' In." (U.S. Air Force photo)
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Major changes were incorporated into the B-26 design beginning with the block 10 B model (and block 5 C model). The wing span was increased from 65 to 71 feet to decrease the high wing loading and improve the handling of the aircraft, particularly at landing speeds. The wing was also modified by adding flaps outboard of the engine nacelles to further improve take off and landing performance. The vertical stabilizer was heightened by 20 inches to 21 feet, 6 inches and made the late model B-26s easily distinguished from the "short tail" early models.

Like the B-25, the forward armament of the B-26 was increased for ground strafing missions. The nose featured one fixed and one flexible .50-cal. machine gun while four fixed fuselage-mounted .50-cal. package guns were added just behind and below the cockpit.

Differences between late production B models included a switch from manually operated tail guns to powered types, relocation of the waist gunner positions and various engine cowling changes. Many aircraft were modified in the field incorporating improvements from later model production. Armor plating was added to the aircraft's exterior just below and slightly forward of the wind screen to protect the pilot and co-pilot. Block 45 and later B-26Bs had a larger windscreen designed for better forward visibility.

1,883 B-26Bs were built; 1,242 of these were block 10 or later.

Type Number built/
B-26B-10-MA 150 41-18185 to 41-18334
B-26B-15-MA 100 41-31573 to 41-31672
B-26B-20-MA 100 41-31673 to 41-31772
B-26B-25-MA 100 41-31773 to 41-31872
B-26B-30-MA 100 41-31873 to 41-31972
B-26B-35-MA 100 41-31973 to 41-32072
B-26B-40-MA 101 42-43260/43357; 43360/43361; 43459
B-26B-45-MA 91 42-95738 to 42-95828
B-26B-50-MA 200 42-95829 to 42-96028
B-26B-55-MA 200 42-96029 to 42-96228

Armament: 12 .50-cal. machine guns plus 5,200 lbs. of bombs (maximum overload) or one externally mounted torpedo
Engines: Two Pratt & Whitney R-2800-43 Double Wasp radials of 2,000 hp each (takeoff power)
Maximum speed: 282 mph at 15,000 ft.
Cruising speed: 214 mph
Range: 1,150 miles with 3,000 lbs. bomb load; 2,850 miles (maximum)
Service ceiling: 21,700 ft.
Span: 71 ft. 0 in.
Length: 58 ft. 3 in.
Height: 21 ft. 6 in.
Weight: 38,200 lbs. (maximum)
Crew: Seven

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