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Martin B-26 Marauder. A photo. Characteristics.
Martin B-26 Marauder. A photo. Characteristics.

Martin B-26 Marauder. A photo. Characteristics.



A type: twin-engine bomber crew of five to seven persons

The company «Martin» (Martin) to a large extent rely on their previous experience, "the creator of the bombers" for the US Air Force when 1939 year presented its airplane model 179 on the Air Force conducted an open competition to establish a medium bomber. Designed on the basis of more optimized for high-speed cruising, than for a moderate speed of the approach, the aircraft company "Martin" won the competition and was ordered into production straight from the drawing board.

Nevertheless, the decision to establish the manufacturer heavily wing led to the fact that the first aircraft proved difficult piloting for inexperienced pilots. The plane-26 (such a designation he was given the US Air Force when spring 1941, he began to enter service) soon gained the unenviable nickname of "doer widows" and, despite the fact that the company "Martin" has improved the handling characteristics of the aircraft (with 641- The modification of the instance), setting the horizontal tail with a larger scope and higher keel nickname survived him until the end of the operational career.

In light of this reputation is ironic that the plane "Meroder" was minimal in comparison with all other US Air Force bombers losses during the fighting in Europe. His debut in this theater of war plane made in April 1942 years. The Royal Air Force also operated the aircraft from the 522 5175 really built copies. Shortly after the war, they were replaced by plane A-26. Before 1990-ies survived only a few aircraft in-26, and only one of them in the United States in flying condition.

Basic data


  • Length: 17 m
  • Wingspan: 19,8 m
  • Height: 6,04 m


The weight:

  • BLANK: 10 433 kg
  • Maximum take-off: 14 515 kg


Aircraft performance characteristics:

  • Maximum speed: 500 km / h
  • Range: 1850 km


Power point: two engines R-2800-5 «Double Wasp" Company "Pratt & Whitney" Power: 3700 l. from. (2760,2 kW)

Date of first flight:

  • November 25 1940 years


The surviving airworthy modifications:

  • In-26


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