Martin B-26 Marauder

$102,659 medium bomber as of 1942

MARTIN MARAUDER B 26
photo: Ausdew

The Martin B-26 Marauder was in service in the Pacific Theater during the Second World War as a twin-engine medium bomber. It also served in the Mediterranean Theater and as well as in Western Europe. The aircraft was produced by the Glenn L. Martin Company in two headquarters; Baltimore, Maryland, and in Omaha, Nebraska. It first flew on November 25, 1940, and was introduced in 1941. It was produced from 1941 to 1945 with a total of 5,288 aircraft built.

Manufacturer:
Glenn L. Martin Company
Country:
United States
Manufactured:
1941 to: 1945
ICAO:
B-26
Price:
US$0.103 million (1942)

Specifications

Avionics:
Engine:
2x Pratt & Whitney R-2800-43 Double Wasp
Piston
Power:
2,200 horsepower
Max Cruise Speed:
249 knots
461 Km/h
Approach Speed (Vref):
95 knots
Travel range:
2,480 Nautical Miles
4,593 Kilometers
Fuel Economy:
Service Ceiling:
21,000 feet
Rate of Climb:
1200 feet / minute
6.10metre / second
Take Off Distance:
704 metre - 2,309.68 feet
Landing Distance:
430 metre - 1,410.74 feet
Max Take Off Weight:
16,783 Kg
37,000 lbs
Max Landing Weight:
15,513 Kg
34,200 lbs
Max Payload:
1,800 Kg
3,968 lbs
Fuel Tank Capacity:
1,212 gallon
4,588 litre
Baggage Volume:
Seats - Economy / General:
7 seats
Seats - Business Class:
Seats - First Class:
Cabin Height:
Cabin Width:
Cabin Length:
Exterior Length:
17.75 metre - 58.23 feet
Tail height:
6.2 metre - 20.34 feet
Fuselage Diameter:
2 metre - 6.56 feet
Wing Span / Rotor Diameter:
21.64 metre - 71.00 feet
Wing Tips:
No Winglets
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Description

Several versions of the Martin B-26 Marauder were built. The B-26G version has a length of 17.75 meters, a height of 6.55 meters, and a width of 2 meters. It can accommodate up to seven crew members namely two pilots, a bombardier/ radio operator, a navigator/ radio operator, and three gunners. The aircraft has a wingspan of 21.64 meters and a wing area of 61.1 square meters. It has an empty weight of 10,886 kg and a gross weight of 16,783 kg. The maximum landing weight is 15,513 kg, the maximum payload is 1,800 kg, and the fuel tank capacity is 1,212 US gallons.

The aircraft is powered by two Pratt and Whitney R-2800-43 Double Wasp radial engines. It is an eighteen-cylinder twin-row radial engine with water injection. Components are two poppet valves per cylinder, a variable-speed single-stage single-speed centrifugal-type supercharger, a Stromberg injection carburetor fuel system, and an air-cooling system. The engine is rated at 2,000 to 2,200 horsepower each and drives four-bladed constant-speed feathering propellers.

The Marauder has a maximum speed of 249 knots at 5,000 feet. The cruise speed is 188 knots and the landing speed is 99 knots. It has a combat range of 1,000 nautical miles with 1,400 kg of bombload and 1,153 US gal of fuel. The ferry range is 2,480 nautical miles. It can fly up to 21,000 feet and can climb at a rate of 1,200 feet per minute. The takeoff and landing distances are 704 meters and 430 meters, respectively. The aircraft could be armed with eleven 12.7 mm M2 Browning heavy machine guns; one is located in the nose, four in a blister on fuselage area, two positioned in the dorsal turret, two located in the tail turret, and two in waist position. It could also be loaded with 1,800 kg of bombs.

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