North American B-45 Tornado
The North American Aviation B-45 was one of America's first operational bombers to employ jet propulsion and was the first four-jet aircraft to fly in the United States.
It´s first flight was Feb. 24, 1947 Other versions include the longer-range B-45C with
wing-tip tanks and the photo reconnaissance version, the RB-45C. Rated as a light bomber
by modern-day standards, it was the first four-jet aircraft to drop an atom bomb and the
first to be refueled in midair.
|Primary function||Light bomber|
|Contractor||North American Aviation|
|Power plant||Four General Electric J47A jet engines with water injection. First 22 produced with Allison J35 engines.|
|Speed||575 mph||925 km/h|
|Ceiling||45,000 ft||13,700 m|
|Max. range||1,910 miles||3,056 km|
|Payload||20,000 lb||9,070 kg|
|Max. weight||82,600 lb||37,500 kg|
|Crew||Four (pilot, co-pilot, navigator/bombardier, tail gunner)|
|Armament||Two M3 .50 caliber machine guns in tail & 9 900 kg (22 000 lb) of ordnance including 27 225 kg (500 lb) GP bombs some aircraft capable of carrying Mk5 or Mk7 nuclear bombs.|