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Consolidated PB4Y-2 Privateer
Technical Information

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Although the PB4Y-1 Liberator was used by the US Navy during 1943 to 1945. During 1942, it was reasoned that the Liberator would be more stable with a single fin and In May 1943, the Navy contracted with Consolidated-Vultee Aircraft Company to build the PB4Y-2 Privateer.

At first, the aircraft was nicknamed "Sea Liberator". Since approximately 50 percent of the bombers internal components were changed and the belly turret deleted, it was essentially a new model and was finally called the "Privateer". In addition to the single fin, seven feet was added to the length, and two Martin upper turrets and twin Erco waist blisters were installed. Although the belly turret was deleted, the defensive armament of the Privateer was not diminished with it having twelve 50 caliber machine guns compared to ten on the Liberator.

The PB4Y-2 was a heavily armed gun platform and could readily defend itself from fighter attack while unleashing punishing blows on Japanese shipping and shore installations. In April 1945, some Privateers were modified to carry the Bat and were designated as the PB4Y-2B. In January 1945, the first squadron outfitted with the Privateer arrived in the Pacific.

A total of 739 were built by Consolidated in San Diego.

Technical Details
Crew  11
Engine  4 x Pratt & Whitney R-1830-94
Span  110'
Length  74' 7"
Height  30' 1"
Maximum Speed  237 mph
Range  2,800 miles
Armament  12 x 50 caliber machine guns
Bombload  12,800 lbs of bombs

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