Consolidated Coronado

 

1st Flight 1937

The PB2Y Coronado is a large flying boat patrol bomber designed by Consolidated Aircraft, and used by the US Navy during World War II in bombing, antisubmarine, and transport roles.

Variants

Coronado I

RAF Designation for PB2Y-3

XPB2Y-1

Prototype with four 1,050 hp (780 kW) Pratt & Whitney XR-1830-72 Twin Wasps, engines.

PB2Y-2

Evaluation variant with four 1,020 hp (760 kW) Pratt & Whitney R-1830-78 Twin Wasp engines, modified hull and six 0.5 in (13 mm) guns.

XPB2Y-3

One PB2Y-2 converted as prototype for PB2Y-3.

PB2Y-3

Production variant with four 1,200 hp (890 kW) Pratt & Whitney R-1830-88 Twin Wasp engines and eight 0.5 in (13 mm) guns.

PB2Y-3B

Lend-lease designation for Royal Air Force aircraft.

PB2Y-3R

PB2Y-3s converted by Rohr Aircraft Corp as freighters with faired-over turrets, side loading hatch, and seating for 44 passengers.

XPB2Y-4

One PB2Y-2 re-engined with four 1,600 hp (1,200 kW) Wright R-2600 Cyclone 14 engines.

XPB2Y-5

The XP2BY-3 converted as PB2Y-5 prototype.

PB2Y-5

PB2Y-3s converted with four 1,200 hp (890 kW) Pratt & Whitney R-1830-92 Twin Wasp engines, increased fuel capacity and provision for RATOG.

PB2Y-5R

PB2Y-5s converted as unarmed transports, some fitted for medical evacuation role.

Specifications

Crew: ten

Length: 79 ft 3 in (24.2 m)

Wingspan: 115 ft 0 in (35 m)

Height: 27 ft 6 in (8.4 m)

Wing area: 1,780 sq ft (165 m2)

Empty weight: 40,850 lb (18,530 kg)

Max take-off weight: 66,000 lb (30,000 kg)

Powerplant: 4 × Pratt & Whitney R-1830-92 radial engines, 1,200 hp (900 kW) each

Performance

Maximum speed: 194 mph (310 km/h, 168 kn)

Cruise speed: 170 mph (272 km/h, 148 kn)

Range: 1,070 mi (1,720 km, 930 nmi) at 131 mph (210 km/h)

Service ceiling: 20,500 ft (6,250 m)

Armament

Guns

6× .50 in (12.7 mm) M2 Browning machine guns in twin nose, dorsal, and tail powered turrets

2× .50 in M2 Browning machine guns in manual waist mounts

Bombs

2× Mark 13 torpedoes or

Up to 12,000 lb (5,400 kg) of bombs, housed in the wings.

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