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Consolidated B-24C Liberator

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6 years 3 months ago - 6 years 3 months ago #1483 by Gary
Gary created the topic: Consolidated B-24C Liberator

The nine B-24Cs built (S/N 40-2378 to 40-2386) were originally ordered as Consolidated B-24A, but were modified on the production line. The original Pratt & Whitney R-1830-31 radials were replaced by R-1830-41 turbo-supercharged radials. The engine cowlings became elliptical after the addition of supercharger/intercooler air intakes on each side of the engine. The tail gunner's position was improved by adding an A-6 type power turret with twin .50-cal. machine guns. A Martin power turret was added to the top forward fuselage also.

The -C model Liberators were delivered to the Army Air Corps in December 1941 to February 1942 and served as test aircraft. Consolidated used them to gear up for full-scale production of the B-24D and the Air Corps used them for test and training. No B-24C was ever used in combat.

TYPE
B-24C

Number Built/Converted
9 (cv)

Remarks
B-24A converted on assembly. line

 

 

Notes:

  • Serial numbers: 40-2378 to 40-2386

SPECIFICATIONS
Span:
110 ft. 0 in.
Length: 64 ft. 4 in.
Height: 18 ft. 0 in.
Weight: 53,700 lbs. max.
Armament: Eight .50-cal. and 8,800 lbs. of bombs
Engines: Four Pratt & Whitney R-1830-41supercharged radials of 1,200 hp. each (take-off power)

PERFORMANCE
Maximum speed:
313 mph.
Cruising speed: 233 mph.
Range: 3,600 miles (max. ferry range); 2,100 miles w/ 5,000 lbs. bomb load
Service Ceiling: 34,000 ft.


'Yea, Though I Fly Through the Valley of the Shadow of Death, I Shall Fear No Evil. For I am at 50,000 Feet and Climbing.'
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