Douglas B-23

Dragon

General Information:

Manufacturer:

Douglas Aircraft Company

Designation:

B-23

Nickname:

Dragon

Basic Role:

Bomber

First Flight:

July 1939

Service:

Army Air Force

Cost:

$133,000

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Specifications:

Length:

58 ft. 6 in.

Wingspan:

92 ft. 0 in.

Height:

18 ft. 6 in.

Weight:

32,400 lbs. max.

Fuel Capacity:

Crew:

Six

Passengers:

None
Performance:
Maximum Speed: 18 ft. 6 in.

Cruising Speed:

92 ft. 0 in.

Range:

Service Ceirling:

210 mph.

Engines:

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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 American B-25 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.

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