Douglas B-23 Dragon
The B-23 is a twin-engine bomber developed as a successor to the Douglas B-18
. First flown in July 1939, the B-23 incorporated
many features of the Douglas DC-3 commercial transport. Although it was much faster than
the B-18 and was the first operational Army bomber equipped with a tail gun, the Dragon
was soon outclassed by more modern bombers such as the North
and the Martin B-26
. As a result, only
38 B-23s were built.
The B-23s were never used in combat during WW II. Instead they served in secondary roles
as reconnaissance, training, transport, and test-bed aircraft. Some of the Dragons used in
transport service were redesignated UC-67s.
After the war, all B-23s/UC-67s were declared surplus and many were sold to private
operators for use as cargo and executive transports. Several of these aircraft were still
flying in the early 1980s.
||Two Wright R-2600-3 engines
||58 ft 6 in
||18 ft 6 in
||3x 7.62mm M-2 machine guns, 1x 12.7mm M-2 machine
gun, 4,000 lb bombs internally
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