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Posted on 08/27/2009


Photo taken on July  2, 2009


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Douglas B-18 Bolo (8517)

Douglas B-18 Bolo (8517)
This aircraft was developed to replace the Martin B-10 and was based on the Douglas DC-2 commercial transport. It competed with an early version of the Boeing B-17 and won out. By 1939 it was considered to be underpowered, to have inadequate defensive armament and carried too small a bomb load. Some were destroyed at Pearl Harbor and in 1942 were relegated to anti-submarine or transport duty. A B-18 was the first American aircraft to sink a U-Boar. This is the oldest aircraft in the Castle Air Museum collection, built in 1938.

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