Martin B-26 Marauder. A photo. Characteristics.
Martin B-26 Marauder. A photo. Characteristics.

Martin B-26 Marauder. A photo. Characteristics.



A type: twin-engine bomber crew of five to seven persons

The company «Martin» (Martin) to a large extent rely on their previous experience, "the creator of the bombers" for the US Air Force when 1939 year presented its airplane model 179 on the Air Force conducted an open competition to establish a medium bomber. Designed on the basis of more optimized for high-speed cruising, than for a moderate speed of the approach, the aircraft company "Martin" won the competition and was ordered into production straight from the drawing board.

Nevertheless, the decision of the manufacturer to install a highly loaded wing led to the fact that at first the aircraft proved difficult in piloting for inexperienced pilots. The B-26 aircraft (this designation was given to the US Air Force, when it began operating in the spring of 1941), soon received the unenviable nickname of the "widow-doer", and despite the fact that Martin improved its handling characteristics (with 641- Th copy of the modification B), having installed a horizontal tail with an increased span and a higher keel, this nickname was retained for him until the end of the operational career.

In light of this reputation is ironic that the plane "Meroder" was minimal in comparison with all other US Air Force bombers losses during the fighting in Europe. His debut in this theater of war plane made in April 1942 years. The Royal Air Force also operated the aircraft from the 522 5175 really built copies. Shortly after the war, they were replaced by plane A-26. Before 1990-ies survived only a few aircraft in-26, and only one of them in the United States in flying condition.

Basic data


  • Length: 17 m
  • Wingspan: 19,8 m
  • Height: 6,04 m


The weight:

  • BLANK: 10 433 kg
  • Maximum take-off: 14 515 kg


Aircraft performance characteristics:

  • Maximum speed: 500 km / h
  • Range: 1850 km


Power point: two engines R-2800-5 «Double Wasp" Company "Pratt & Whitney" Power: 3700 l. from. (2760,2 kW)

Date of first flight:

  • November 25, 1940


The surviving airworthy modifications:

  • In-26

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