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The 24 Liberator is an American heavy canada goose uk black friday bomber, designed by Consolidated Aircraft of San Diego, California. It was known within the company as the Model 32, and some initial models were laid down as export models designated as various LB 30s, in the Land Bomber design category.

At its inception, the B 24 was a modern design featuring a highly efficient shoulder mounted, high aspect ratio Davis wing. The wing gave the Liberator a high cruise speed, long range and the ability Canada Goose Online to carry a heavy bomb load. Early RAF Liberators were the first aircraft to cross the Atlantic Ocean as a matter of routine. However, the type was difficult to fly and had poor low speed performance. It also had a lower ceiling and was less robust than the Boeing B 17 Flying Fortress. While aircrews tended to prefer the B 17, General Staff favored the B 24, and procured it in huge numbers for a wide variety of roles.[4][5] At nearly 19,000 units, with over 8,000 manufactured by Ford Motor Company, it holds records as the world’s most produced: bomber; heavy bomber; multi engine aircraft; and American military aircraft in history.

The B 24 was used extensively in World War II. It Canada Goose Parka served in every branch of the American armed forces, as well as several Allied air forces and navies, and saw use in canada goose factory sale every theater of operations. Canada Goose sale Along with the B 17, the B 24 was the mainstay of the US strategic bombing campaign in the Western European theater. Due to its range, it proved useful in bombing operations in the Pacific, including the bombing of Japan. Long range anti submarine Liberators played an instrumental role in closing the Mid Atlantic Gap in the Battle of the Atlantic. The C 87 transport derivative served as a longer range, higher capacity counterpart to the Douglas C 47 Skytrain.

By the end of World War II, the technological breakthroughs of the Boeing B 29 Superfortress Canada Goose Outlet and other modern types canadian goose jacket had surpassed the bombers that served from the start of the war. After company executives including President Reuben Fleet visited the Boeing factory in Seattle, Washington, Consolidated decided instead to submit a more modern design of its own.[6]

The new Model 32 combined designer David R. Davis’s wing, a high efficiency airfoil design created by unorthodox means,[7] with canada goose uk outlet the twin tail design from the Consolidated Model 31 flying boat, together on a new fuselage. This new fuselage was intentionally designed around twin bomb bays, each one being the same size and capacity of the B 17 bomb bays.

In January 1939, the USAAC, under Specification C 212, formally invited Consolidated[8] to submit a design study for a bomber with longer range, higher speed and greater ceiling than the B uk canada goose 17. The specification was written such that the canada goose Model 32 would automatically be the winning design. The program cheap Canada Goose was run under the umbrella group, “Project A”, an Air Corps requirement for an intercontinental bomber that had been conceived in the mid 1930s. Although the B 24 did not meet Project A goals, it was a step in that direction. Project A led to the development of the Boeing B 29 and Consolidated’s own B 32 and B 36.[9]The Canada Goose online B 24 had a shoulder mounted high aspect ratio Davis wing. This wing was cheap canada goose highly efficient allowing a relatively high airspeed and long range. Compared to the B 17 it had a 6 foot canada goose coats larger wingspan, but a lower wing area. This gave the B 24 a 35% higher wing loading. The relatively thick wing held the promise of increased tankage while delivering increased lift and speed, but became unpleasant to fly when committed to heavier loadings as experienced at high altitude and in bad weather. The Davis wing was also more susceptible to ice formation than contemporary canada goose store designs, causing distortions of the aerofoil section and resulting in the loss of lift (unpleasant experiences drawing such comments as ‘The Davis wing won’t hold enough ice to chill your drink’.) [10] The canada goose clearance wing was also more susceptible to damage than the B 17’s wing, making the aircraft less able to canada goose clearance sale absorb battle damage.[citation needed] The wing carried four supercharged radial engines mounted in cowlings borrowed from the PBY Catalina (except being oval in cross section, with oil coolers mounted on each side of the engine), turning 3 bladed variable pitch propellers.

The tail plane featured two large oval vertical stabilizers mounted at the ends of a rectangular horizontal stabilizer. As early as 1942, it canada goose uk shop was recognized that the Liberator’s handling and stability could be improved by the use of a single vertical fin. The single fin was tested by Ford on the single and an experimental, and was found to buy canada goose jacket improve handling. All Liberators were produced with twin oval fins, with the exception of eight preproduction B 24N aircraft. The B 24N was intended as a major production variant featuring a single uk canada goose outlet tail. Over 5000 orders for this version were placed in 1945, but were cancelled due to the end of the war. The single fin did appear in production on the PB4Y Privateer derivative.[11][12][13]

The B 24’s cheap canada goose uk spacious, slab sided fuselage (which earned the aircraft the nickname “Flying Boxcar”)[14] was built around two central bomb bays that could accommodate up to 8,000 pounds (3,600 of ordnance in each compartment (but rarely did, as this decreased range and altitude). The forward and aft bomb bay compartments were further split longitudinally with a centerline ventral catwalk just nine inches canada goose coats on sale (23 wide,[15] which also functioned as the fuselage’s structural keel beam. An unusual four panel set of all metal, tambour panel “roller type” bomb bay doors, which operated very much like the movable enclosure of a rolltop desk, retracted into the fuselage, creating a minimum of aerodynamic drag to keep speed high over the target area, and also allowed the bomb bays to be opened while on the ground; the low ground clearance prevented the use of normal bomb bay doors.[16] The occasional need for crewmen to move around inside from fore to aft within the B 24’s fuselage during a mission over the narrow catwalk was a drawback shared with other designs.

The Liberator carried a crew of up to 10. The pilot and co pilot sat alongside each other in a well glazed cockpit. The navigator and bombardier, who could also double as a nose or wiggly ear gunner (guns mounted in the sides of the aircraft nose), sat in the nose, fronted on the pre models with a well framed “greenhouse” nose with some two dozen glazed panels in total, with two flexible ball mounts built into it for forward defensive firepower using.30 caliber (7.62 mm) Browning M1919 machine guns. Later versions were fitted with a powered twin.50 caliber (12.7 M2 Browning machine gun nose turret The radio/radar operator sat behind the pilots, facing sideways and sometimes doubled as a waist gunner. The upper gun turret, when fitted, was located just behind the cockpit, in front of the wing, and was operated by the flight engineer, who sat adjacent to the radio operator behind the pilots. In the tail, up to four crew could be located in the waist, operating waist guns, a retractable lower ball turret and a tail gun turret matching the nose turret. The waist gun hatches were provided with doors, with the ball turret required to be retractable for ground clearance when preparing to land, as well as for greater aerodynamic efficiency. The tail gunner’s powered twin gun turret was located at the end of the tail, behind the tailplane.

The B 24 featured a tricycle undercarriage, the first American bomber to do so,[10] with the main gear extending out of the wing on long, single oleo strut legs. It used differential braking and differential thrust for ground steering, which made taxiing difficult.[17]

The defensive armament of the B 24 varied from transport variants, which were usually unarmed, to bombers armed with up to 10 .50 caliber (12.7 M2 Browning machine guns located in turrets and waist gun positions.

Early model Liberators were fitted with a top mounted turret, a tail turret and single machine guns located in the waist and in the glazed nose. The initially featured upper, belly and tail turrets, plus swiveling single guns in the waist and on either side of the nose. The belly turret was a periscopically sighted Bendix model. The turret proved unsatisfactory and was soon replaced by a tunnel gun, which was itself omitted. Later D models were fitted with the retractable Sperry ball turret.

The saw the replacement of the glazed ‘green house’ nose with a nose turret, which reduced the B 24s vulnerability to head on attacks. The bomb sight was located below the turret.

Long range naval patrol versions often carried a light defensive armament. Being on long distance patrols, they generally flew outside the range of enemy fighters. Also, the necessity of range increased the importance of weight and aerodynamic efficiency. Thus naval patrol often omitted top, belly and nose turrets. Some were fitted with belly pack containing fixed, forward facing cannon. Army Air Corps awarded a contract for the prototype XB 24 in March 1939, with the requirement that one example should be ready before the end of the year. Consolidated finished the prototype and had it ready for its first flight two days before the end of 1939. The design was simple in concept but, nevertheless, advanced for its time. Consolidated incorporated innovative features such as a tricycle landing gear and Davis wing.

Compared to the B 17, the proposed Model 32 had a shorter fuselage and 25% less wing area, but had a 6 (1.8 greater wingspan and a substantially larger carrying capacity, as well as a distinctive twin tail.

The new design would be the first American heavy bomber in production to use tricycle landing gear the North American B 25 Mitchell medium bomber’s predecessor, the NA 40 introduced this feature in January 1939 with the Consolidated Model 32 having long, thin wings with the efficient “Davis” high aspect ratio design (also used on the projected Model 31 twin engined commercial flying boat)[18] promising to provide maximum fuel efficiency. Wind tunnel testing and experimental programs using canada goose black friday sale an existing Consolidated Model 31 provided extensive data on the flight characteristics of the Davis airfoil.[19]

Early orders, placed before the XB 24 had flown, included 36 for the USAAC, 120 for the French Air Force and 164 for the Royal Air Force (RAF). The name “Liberator” was originally given to it by the RAF, and subsequently adopted by the USAAF as the official name for the Model 24.[20] When France fell in 1940, their aircraft were re directed to the RAF. One outcome of the British and French purchasing commissions was a backlog of orders amounting to $680m, of which $400m was foreign orders, US official statistics indicating tooling, plant and expansion advanced the previously anticipated volume of US aircraft production by up to a year. A consequence of the British orders went beyond requests for specific modifications: as the RAF accepted some designs while rejecting others, American production was to some extent re directed along specific lines that accorded with British doctrine, the B 24’s capacious bomb bay and ability to carry 8,000 ordnance a case in point.[10]

After initial testing, the XB 24 was found to be deficient in several areas. One major failure of the prototype was that it failed to meet the top speed requirements specified in the contract. As built, the XB 24 top speed was only 273 instead of the specified 311 As a result, the mechanically supercharged Pratt Whitney R 1830 33s were replaced with the turbo Canada Goose Jackets supercharged R 1830s. Additionally, the tail span was widened by 2 (0.61 and the pitot static probes were relocated from the wings to the fuselage. The XB 24 was then re designated these changes became standard on all B 24s built starting with the model.

In April 1939, the USAAC initially ordered seven YB 24 under CAC contract 12464. The US policy at the time, despite neutrality, was that American requirements could be deferred while the its Allies could immediately put US production into the war effort. The added advantage was the American types could be assessed in the Europe war zone earlier. Thus the first six YB 24 were released for direct purchase under CAC contract F 677 on 9 November 1940. These aircraft were redesignated LB 30A. The seventh aircraft was used by Consolidated and the USAAC to test armor installations as well as self sealing fuel tanks. Initially, these aircraft were to be given USAAC serials 39 681 to 39 687. Due to deferments of the US requirements, the US purchase was twice postponed, and the serial numbers were changed to 40 696 to 40 702. When the RAF purchased the first six YB 24 aircraft, the serial numbers were reassigned to an early batch of funded by the deferment.

The first British Liberators had been ordered by the Anglo French Purchasing Board in 1940. After the Fall of France the French orders were in most cases transferred to Britain.

The RAF found, as did the US, that global war increased the need for air transports and early type bombers and seaplanes were converted or completed as cargo carriers and transports. LB 30As were assigned to transatlantic flights by RAF Ferry Command, between Canada and Prestwick, Scotland. The first Liberators in British service were ex USAAF YB 24s converted to Liberator GR Is (USAAF designation: LB 30A). The aircraft were all modified for logistic use in Montreal. Changes included the removal of all armament, provision for passenger seating, a revised cabin oxygen and heating system. Ferry Command’s Atlantic Return Ferry Service flew civilian ferry pilots, who had delivered aircraft to the UK, back to North America.[citation needed]

The most important role, however, for the first batch of the Liberator GR Is was in service with RAF Coastal Command on anti submarine patrols in the Battle of the Atlantic.[21]

Later in 1941, the first Liberators entered RAF service. This model introduced self sealing fuel tanks, a 2 7 (79 plug in the forward fuselage to create more space for crew members and, more vitally, ever more equipment such as ASV MkII radar (anticipated early in the Liberator’s development when Reuben Fleet told the engineering team he had a gut feeling the nose was too short). The Mark II was the first Liberator to be equipped with powered turrets, one plane having them installed before leaving San Diego, the remainder having them installed Canada Goose Coats On Sale in the field: four Browning Boulton Paul A type Mk IV with buy canada goose jacket cheap 600 rounds of.303 in the dorsal position; and a Boulton Paul E type Mk II with 2200 rounds in the tail (later increased to 2500 rounds), supplemented by pairs of guns at the waist position, a single gun in the nose and another in the belly, for a total of fourteen guns. The offensive armament was slightly raised to 64,250 pounds, the maximum altitude lifted from 21,200 to 24,000 feet but the maximum speed was reduced to 263 largely as a result of increased drag.[10].

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