Air International 1988-01
??? - Marauder: Mr Martin's Mean Machine /Warbirds/ (1)
Package guns, enlarged engine air intakes, long-span wings, tall fin, natural metal finish and Bomber Group markings on the tail, displayed by a B-26F-1-MA of the Ninth AF in 1944.
Production Martin B-26 in service with the 22nd Bomb Group at Langley in 1941. The ground view shows the third production aircraft. 40-1363, without the dorsal turret, supplies of which did not keep up with the aircraft production rate.
An early B-26 (only the first seven were finished in natural metal) testing new features including the "stepped" rear gun position of the B-26B and tall fin and rudder of the B-26B-10 and subsequent models.
Production Martin B-26 in service with the 22nd Bomb Group at Langley in 1941.
B-26B в полете
B-26B-2-MA, showing the "stepped-down" tail gun position of the "B" and later variants. This is predelivery factory shot, taken on 21 August 1942, and the aircraft carries no guns.
A B-26 of the initial production batch - the nose number "84" in this case is believed to refer to the production sequence, whereas the service aircraft carried a unit number in this position.
B-26B-2-MA, showing the "stepped-down" tail gun position of the "B" and later variants. This is predelivery factory shot, taken on 21 August 1942, and the aircraft carries no guns. Notice the torpedo shackles under the fuselage.
Final production variants of the Marauder were the B-26G (shown) and B-26F, which differed from each other only in the specification of equipment items. The significant difference of the F and G from earlier Marauders was the increased wing incidence angle, clearly shown in the view here; also of note is the fairing for the longer nosewheel leg that came in during the B-26B production run.
Final production variants of the Marauder were the B-26G and B-26F (shown), which differed from each other only in the specification of equipment items.
Externally indistinguishable from the B-26B, the B-26C was a product of the Omaha factory, which Martin occupied for the purpose of producing Marauders. The serial number shows this to be a B-26C-5-MO. but the enlarged carburettor intakes have yet to be fitted.
Identified by its serial number (41-7437) as a B-26A-1, this Marauder sports the enlarged air intakes on the engine nacelles that were introduced during production of the B-26B and were applied retrospectively to some earlier aircraft.
The AT-23A was a conversion of the B-26B, stripped of armament and used as a target tug.
The XB-26H, with its unique tandem main undercarriage, was named the "Middle River Stump Jumper" - Middle River being the name of the Baltimore Airport where the Martin company was headquartered.
Martin B-26C Marauder