Martin B-26B Marauder

Pima Air and Space Museum Aircraft

Manufacturer
Martin
Designation
B-26B
Serial Number
40-1501

Martin B-26B Marauder

Few aircraft in the history of the U.S. Army Air Force were as controversial as the Martin B-26B Marauder. Accepted for production without the benefit of a prototype the Marauder gained an early reputation as a dangerous and difficult aircraft to fly. The primary area of concern was the plane’s relatively high landing speed. Many modifications including lengthening the wings never really fixed the problem. On at least four separate occasions Congressional or military investigations were launched into whether or not production should be stopped. Despite its problems experienced crews loved the Marauder and by the end of the war it had proven itself with the lowest loss ratio of any American medium bomber.

Specifications
Wingspan 65 ft
Length 56 ft
Height 19 ft 10 in
Weight 32,020 lbs (loaded)
Max. Speed 315 mph
Service Ceiling 25,000 ft
Range 1,000 miles
Engines 2 Pratt & Whitney R-2800 radial engines 1,850 hp each
Crew 5