Consolidated B-24J Liberator

Pima Air and Space Museum Aircraft

Manufacturer
Consolidated
Markings
Right side: Indian Air Force, Number 6 Squadron, 1968. Left side: 446th Bomb Group, Bungay, England, 1944
Designation
B-24J
Registration
N7866
Serial Number
44-44175

Consolidated B-24J Liberator

In all, 18,482 Liberators were built during World War II, making it the most produced American aircraft of the war. They were used by every branch of the American military and by several Allied nations. The “J” model was the most produced version of the B-24 with a total of 6,678 built.

Over 1,000 of these ended up in the hands of the Royal Air Force who used them as both traditional bombers and as maritime patrol aircraft.

The major allied powers retired the B-24 very quickly after the war; in fact, only one was left in American service by 1951. The British abandoned many Liberators in India at the end of the war; upon gaining its independence, the Republic of India put a number of them back in service and used them very successfully until the late 1960s.

A few of the U.S. Navy PB4Y-2 Privateer variants saw service as firefighters in the United States well into the 1990s.

Specifications
Wingspan 110 ft
Length 67 ft 2 in
Height 18 ft
Weight 65,000 lbs (loaded
Max. Speed 290 mph
Service Ceiling 28,000 ft
Range 2,100 miles
Engines 4 Pratt & Whitney R-1830-65 radials, 1,200 hp each
Crew 10