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  B-18B Bolo Serial Number 38-593  
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Jack McGorray

Aircraft History
Built by Douglas, constructor number 2643.

Postwar
Postwar, sold as surplus. Fitted with engines from a C-47 that required changing the exhaust system and adding cowl flaps. Operated as fire bomber by the Roberts Aviation Company of Boise, ID modified this B-18 for use as a fire bomber and aerial sprayer, with tanker code D18 and registered as N66267 from 1954-1970. Used until late 1969 or early 1970s, then in storage at Falcon Field near Phoenix, AZ.

Display
Acquired by Pima Air Museum on September 5, 1976, and restored by volunteers totaling over 2,400 hours. The restoration was completed and rolled out on December 8, 1995. Painted to represent a B-18 assigned to the 25th Antisubmarine Wing, 4th Antisubmarine Squadron based at Langley Airfield during July 1942. Today, displayed inside Hanger 1.

References
PIMA Museum - Douglas B-18B Bolo Profile
Douglas B-18 Bolo pages 39 (dataplate) 197-199

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January 31, 2018

 

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