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Douglas B-23 Dragon

DAYTON, Ohio -- The Douglas B-23 Dragon is currently in storage at the National Museum of the United States Air Force. (U.S. Air Force photo)

DAYTON, Ohio -- The Douglas B-23 Dragon is currently in storage at the National Museum of the United States Air Force. (U.S. Air Force photo)

Note: This aircraft is currently in storage.

The B-23 is a twin-engine bomber developed as a successor to the Douglas B-18 and was first flown in July 1939. Although B-23s were never used in combat during World War II, they did serve in secondary roles, such as reconnaissance, training, transport and test-bed aircraft. Some of the Dragons used in transport service were redesignated UC-67s. After the war, all B-23s/UC-67s were declared surplus and many were sold to private operators for use as cargo and executive transports.

The museum's B-23 will require extensive restoration.

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