Douglas B-18A 'Bolo'


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  Base model:B-18
  Designation System:U.S. Air Force
  Designation Period:1924-Present
  Basic role:Bomber

  Length: 57' 10" 17.6 m
  Height:15' 2" 4.6 m
  Wingspan: 89' 6" 27.2 m
  Wingarea: 959.0 sq ft 89.0 sq m
  Empty Weight: 16,320 lb 7,401 kg
  Gross Weight: 24,000 lb 10,884 kg
  Max Weight: 27,673 lb 12,550 kg

  No. of Engines: 2
  Powerplant: Wright R-1820-53
  Horsepower (each): 1000

  Range: 900 miles 1,449 km
  Cruise Speed: 167 mph 268 km/h 144 kt
  Max Speed: 216 mph 347 km/h 187 kt
  Ceiling: 23,900 ft 7,284 m

Known serial numbers
37-458 / 37-634, 38-585 / 38-609, 39-012 / 39-026

Examples of this type may be found at
United States Air Force MuseumWright-PattersonOhio
Wings Over The Rockies Aviation & Space MuseumDenverColorado

B-18A on display

United States Air Force Museum

Wings Over The Rockies Aviation & Space Museum


Recent comments by our visitors
 Lt/Col USAF Ret. Robert Morris
 Mascoutah, IL., IL
While in Salem, Oregon working for ACE Flying Service in
1951 I flew this B-18 converted to a spray plane and sprayed 60,000 acres of Mt. Hood forest. Converted it would hold 1192 gallons of spray. We used #3 crude oil mixed with 3/4 lb. of DDT per gallon to spray for Spruce Budworm. I recently visited the museum and saw the same B-18 we had converted and used as a sprayer. Serial #'s were compaired with my logbook with Ace Demmer's grandson Mike's research, they matched. All prettyed up it looks much better than when it was a sprayer.
10/28/2007 @ 14:13 [ref: 18329]
 Col(ret) R.W. Powell
 Tulsa, OK
In 1939-40, as a Control Tower Operator, Private First Class, at Kelly Field TX, each month I got an hour's "flying time" (50% of $21!!) operating a tow target off the tail end of a B-18. That was when USAF IDTRC was a bombing range for B-10's, the one-and-only B-15 and two B-23s! Kelly Field housed the 2nd Bomb Group then (or was it the 8th!) - next door to all those 60th School Squadron At-6s.... Anyone out there old enuff to remember?
04/19/2004 @ 09:59 [ref: 7240]
 Lumpy Lumpkin
 , AZ
The B-18B S/N 38-593 at one time was a B-18A. Now she is the only "B" aound. She is in work at this time to be restored as she looked in 1942.
12/28/2000 @ 23:25 [ref: 1269]


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