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By E. R. Johnson

This e-book presents a concise old survey of some of the sorts of airplane utilized by the USA military Air Corps, military Air Forces, and Air strength, and the army and Marine Corps to complete air assault missions seeing that 1926. The textual content covers 4 different types of fixed-wing plane: distinctive assault plane; mild, medium, and tactical bombers; fighter-bombers; and tailored assault airplane.

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Loaded. Dimensions: Span 59 ft. 6 in, length 42 ft. , wing area 526 sq. ft. , A-20, A-26, B-25, B-26) that would see such widespread use throughout World War II. Despite the better performance of the single-engine attack monoplanes introduced in the early 1930s, the Army began to realize that, to achieve significant improvements in load-carrying ability, speed, and range, a larger, twin-engine aircraft would be needed. And during 1934 the Army went so far as to articulate a new twin-engine attack requirement, but due to Depression era budgetary restraints, was unwilling to fund development of entirely new airplanes.

Empty, 16,000-lbs. loaded. Dimensions: Span 61 ft. , length 46 ft. 5 sq. ft. Of the military contractors participating in the light bomber competition announced by the Army in 1938, the Glenn L. Martin Co. was the most experienced, having sold airplanes to both the Army and the Navy for nearly 20 years. The company’s light bomber entry under Circular Proposal 38-385 had been assigned to James S. McDonnell as project engineer, who, a year later, would leave Martin to form his own company in St. Louis, Missouri.

The A-20D never proceeded beyond the design stage, 17 A-20As were later re-designated A-20E when they were used in experimental projects, and the sole A-20F served as a test bed for the remote-control turret system developed for the Douglas A-26. The A-20G was the most widely produced version of the series, a total of 2,850 being built at Douglas’s Santa Monica plant in 1943 and 1944. 50-caliber machine guns, along with R-2600-23 engines uprated to 1,675-hp. 50-caliber guns. 50-caliber guns, six total, that were less prone to jamming.

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