Wittemann-Lewis NBL-1 Barling Bomber

 

1st Flight 1923

The Wittemann-Lewis NBL-1 was an experimental long-range heavy bomber built for the United States Army Air Service in the early 1920s.

Although unsuccessful, it was an early attempt at creating a strategic bomber.

Only 1 was produced.

Specifications

Crew: Seven (two pilots, five gunners)

Length: 65 ft 0 in (19.81 m)

Wingspan: 120 ft 0 in (36.58 m)

Height: 27 ft 0 in (8.23 m)

Wing area: 4,017 sq ft (373.2 m2)

Empty weight: 27,132 lb (12,307 kg)

Gross weight: 42,569 lb (19,309 kg)

Powerplant: 6 × Liberty L-12A , 420 hp (313 kW) each

Performance

Maximum speed: 96 mph (155 km/h, 83 kn) at sea level

Cruise speed: 61 mph (98 km/h, 53 kn)

Range: 170 mi (274 km, 150 nmi) with full bomb load (varied by bomb load carried)

Service ceiling: 7,725 ft (2,355 m)

Armament

Guns: 7 × .30 cal (7.62 mm) machine guns

Bombs: Up to 5,000 lb (2300 kg) bomb load.

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