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By E. R. Johnson

This ebook offers a concise ancient survey of a few of the sorts of plane utilized by the us military Air Corps, military Air Forces, and Air strength, and the army and Marine Corps to complete air assault missions due to the fact 1926. The textual content covers 4 kinds of fixed-wing airplane: certain assault airplane; mild, medium, and tactical bombers; fighter-bombers; and tailored assault plane.

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Buffalo, New York, California. Total produced: 14 Power plant: Two 930-hp Wright R-1820-47 Cyclone 9-cylinder air-cooled engines driving three-bladed Hamilton Standard variable-pitch propellers. 30-cal. 30-cal. rear machine gun, and a 400-lb. bomb load in wing bays plus 200-lbs. on external racks. Performance: Max. ; range 654 mi. Weights: 9,410-lbs. empty, 12,679-lbs. loaded. Dimensions: Span 59 ft. 6 in, length 42 ft. , wing area 526 sq. ft. , A-20, A-26, B-25, B-26) that would see such widespread use throughout World War II.

As the Vengeance I and II, the type saw combat with the RAF on the Burma Front. Bottom: The A-35A, probably in early 1943. Although the type equipped operational USAAF dive-bombing groups in 1942 and 1943, they were replaced by A-36s and P-47s before deploying overseas for combat. Performance: Max. ; range 550 mi. loaded, 2,300 mi. max. Weights: 10,300-lbs. empty, 16,400-lbs. loaded. , length 39 ft. , wing area 332 sq. ft.

B-26s served briefly with the 38th Bomb Wing (Light) in Europe during the early Cold War era, but after 1948, the 3rd Bombardment Wing (Light) based in Japan, maintaining a force of 26 B-26Bs and Cs, was the only frontline USAF unit still equipped with the type; another 46 RB-26Cs remained in service with various Tactical Reconnaissance Wings. One hundred forty-two B26Cs were transferred to the Navy in 1948 where, under the designation JD-1, they were used as target tugs, and later, as the JD-1D, as drone controllers.

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