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B-32 Dominator, U.S. Heavy Bomber


Photograph of B-32 Dominator

United States Air Force


Consolidated B-32 Dominator


Specifications:


Crew

10

Dimensions

135'0" by 82'1" by 32'2"
41.15m by 25.02m by 9.80m

Weight

100,000 lbs
45,000 kg

Maximum speed      

357 mph at 30,000 feet
575 km/h at 9100 m

Cruising speed

290 mph
467 km/h

Service ceiling

30,700 feet
9360 m

Power plant

Four 2200 hp (1640 kW) Wright R-3350-23 Duplex Cyclone two-row eighteen-cylinder radial engines driving four bladed propellers.

Armament

10 0.50 machine guns

Bomb load

20,000 lbs
9100 kg

Range

3000 miles (4800 km) with 10,000 lbs (4500 kg) bombs

Production

A total of 118 of all types, mostly at Consolidated-Fort Worth, Texas


The Dominator was insurance for the B-29 program, which looked to be in serious trouble in 1943. It was a derivative design based on the successful B-24 and was both less ambitious and (it was thought) less risky than the B-29 project. However, the project bogged down when the twin stabilizers of the prototype were found to produce serious stability problems, forcing a redesign with a single large stabilizer. The bugs in the B-32 were eventually worked out, but only 118 Dominators were built.  Fifteen of these aircraft saw limited service over Japan late in the war, and actually flew the last combat mission against Japan.

References

Gunston (1986)
Harding (1993; accessed 2009-6-24)

National Museum of the Air Force (accessed 2008-9-17)

Parrish (1978)



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