Consolidated B-32 Dominator

 

1st Flight 1942

The Consolidated B-32 Dominator / Consolidated Model 34, was an American heavy strategic bomber built for United States Army Air Forces during World War II, which had the distinction of being the last Allied aircraft to be engaged in combat during World War II.

Variants

XB-32

Company Designation Model 33, three built, on first aircraft: Wright R-3350-13 (inboard) and Wright R-3350-21 (outboard) engines, three-bladed propeller, rounded, glassed nose, first two aircraft had a twin tail configuration.

Second prototype was pressurized and had remotely controlled retractable gun turrets in the dorsal ventral positions, with a manned tail “stinger”.

Second and third prototypes had numerous tail variations installed, including a B-29 tail installation.

First flown 7 September 1942.

B-32-1-CF

Model 34 flight testing aircraft first flown 5 August 1944. Wright R-3350-23 engines.

First two aircraft initially had modified B-29 tails installed.

Installation of armament, single rudder tabs, radar bombing equipment (AN/APQ-5B and AN/APQ-13) and long range navigation equipment.

B-32-5-CF

Twin rudder tabs made standard.

Last 11 aircraft converted to TB-32-5CF with deletion of all armament, deletion of radar bombing equipment, and deletion of long range navigation equipment.

TB-32-10-CF

Redesigned bombardier’s entrance door, replacement of SCR-269-G Radio compass with AN/ARN-7 set, installation of engine fire extinguishers, 25 built.

TB-32-15-CF

Empennage de-icer boots.

B-32-20-CF

Combat equipped aircraft.

Pressurization system removed, scanning blister installed in rear fuselage.

B-32-21-CF

One B-32-20-CF converted to paratrooper conversion.

All bombing equipment removed and benches installed in rear bomb bay and rear fuselage.

B-32-25-CF

Modified fuel system to allow auxiliary tanks in the bomb bay.

AN/APN-9 LORAN.

B-32-30-CF

Variant with a stabilized Sperry A-17A nose turret, installation of countermeasure equipment (AN/APQ-2, AN/APT-1 and AN/APT-2) and improved APQ-13A radar bombing equipment.

Seven built, last three aircraft flown directly to storage and scrapped.

B-32-35-CF

Seven produced with increased ammunition, flown directly to storage and scrapped.

B-32-40-CF

A total of ten were built and flown directly to storage and then scrapped

B-32-45/50-CF

A total of 37 under construction.

Partially assembled machines were stripped of all their government-furnished equipment and engines and were scrapped on site by the contractor.

B-32-1-CO

Three aircraft the same as the B-32-20CF but assembled by Consolidated – San Diego.

One aircraft accepted with the remaining two units flown directly to storage and scrapped.

Specifications

Crew: 10

Length: 82 ft 1 in (25.02 m)

Wingspan: 135 ft 0 in (41.15 m)

Height: 32 ft 2 in (9.80 m)

Wing area: 1,422 sq ft (132.1 m2)

Empty weight: 60,278 lb (27,342 kg)

Gross weight: 100,800 lb (45,722 kg)

Max take-off weight: 123,250 lb (55,905 kg)

Powerplant: 4 × Wright R-3350-23A Duplex-Cyclone 18-cylinder air-cooled radial piston engines, 2,200 hp (1,600 kW) each

Propellers: 4-bladed constant-speed propellers

Performance

Maximum speed: 357 mph (575 km/h, 310 kn) at 30,000 ft (9,144 m)

Cruise speed: 290 mph (470 km/h, 250 kn)

Range: 3,800 mi (6,100 km, 3,300 nmi)

Service ceiling: 30,700 ft (9,400 m)

Rate of climb: 1,050 ft/min (5.3 m/s)

Armament

Guns: 10× .50 in (12.7 mm) machine guns

Bombs: 20,000 lb (9,100 kg).

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