Martin 187 Baltimore

Light attack bomber introduced in 1941

Royal Air Force Martin Baltimore IV bomber.
photo: U.S. Air Force

The Martin 187 Baltimore was developed and manufactured by the Glenn L. Martin Company as a light attack bomber fitted with twin engines. It was designated as the A-30 in the United States. In May 1940, it was initially ordered by the French Air Force as a replacement to the Martin Maryland. The aircraft was introduced in 1941 and was retired in 1949.

Manufacturer:
Glenn L. Martin Company
Country:
United States
Manufactured:
1941 to: 1944
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Specifications

Avionics:
Engine:
2x Wright GR-2600-A5B
Piston
Power:
1,700 horsepower
Max Cruise Speed:
295 knots
546 Km/h
Approach Speed (Vref):
102 knots
Travel range:
850 Nautical Miles
1,574 Kilometers
Fuel Economy:
Service Ceiling:
24,000 feet
Rate of Climb:
1247 feet / minute
6.33metre / second
Take Off Distance:
Landing Distance:
Max Take Off Weight:
10,900 Kg
24,030 lbs
Max Landing Weight:
Max Payload:
1,100 Kg
2,425 lbs
Fuel Tank Capacity:
490 gallon
1,855 litre
Baggage Volume:
Seats - Economy / General:
4 seats
Seats - Business Class:
Seats - First Class:
Cabin Height:
Cabin Width:
Cabin Length:
Exterior Length:
14.8 metre - 48.56 feet
Tail height:
5.4 metre - 17.72 feet
Fuselage Diameter:
1.1 metre - 3.61 feet
Wing Span / Rotor Diameter:
18.7 metre - 61.35 feet
Wing Tips:
No Winglets
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Description

The Model 187 that was originally designated as A-23 featured a deeper fuselage and better engines. In May 1940, the Model 187 met the requirement of the Anglo-French Purchasing Commission for light to medium bomber aircraft. It was initially ordered by the French Air Force as a replacement for the Martin Maryland. A total of four hundred Model 187s were ordered. After the battle of France, the aircraft was given the designation Baltimore by the Royal Air Force when they subbed in the order. It was also designated as A-30 by the United States Army Air Force.

The Baltimore GR.V has a crew member of four: a pilot, navigator/bombardier, a radio operator, and a gunner. It has a length of 14.8 meters, a height of 4.32 meters, and a width of 1.1 meters. The wingspan is 18.7 meters and the wing area is 50 square meters. It has a wheelbase of 9.7 meters. The empty weight is 7,253 kg and the gross weight is 10,900 kg. The aircraft has a maximum takeoff weight of 10,900 kg, a maximum payload of 1,100 kg, and a fuel tank capacity of 490 US gallons.

The light bomber is powered by twin Wright GR-2600-A5B radial engines. It has fourteen cylinders arranged in two rows and produces a maximum thrust of 1,700 horsepower each. The aircraft has a maximum speed of 295 knots at 11,600 feet and a cruise speed of 195 knots. The travel range is 850 nautical miles and the service ceiling is 24,000 feet. The Martin Baltimore can climb at a rate of 1,247 feet per minute.

The Baltimore GR.V could be armed with four wing-mounted 7.62 mm M1919 Browning machine guns, two to four 7.7 mm machine guns in the dorsal turret, two 7.7 mm machine guns in ventral position, and provisions for up to four fixed rear-firing 7.7 mm machine guns. The aircraft could also carry 910 kg of internal bombs.

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