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   Bell P-63 Kingcobra
   Brewster Buffalo
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   Curtiss P-40 Warhawk
   Curtiss SB2C Helldiver
   Douglas A-1 Skyraider
   Douglas A-26 Invader
   Douglas SBD Dauntless
   Fairey Firefly
   Focke-Wulf Fw 190
   Grumman F4F Wildcat
   Grumman F6F Hellcat
   Grumman F7F Tigercat
   Grumman F8F Bearcat
   Grumman TBF Avenger
   Hawker Hurricane
   Hawker Sea Fury
   Lockheed P-38 Lightning
   Messerschmitt Bf-109
   Mitsubishi A6M Zero-Sen
   North American P-51 Mustang

   Polikarpov I-16
   Republic P-47 Thunderbolt
   Supermarine Spitfire
   Yakovlev Yak-3
   Yakovlev Yak-9


Trainers:
  
Beechcraft AT-11 Kansan (C-45)
   Beechcraft T-34 Mentor
   Boeing / Stearman PT-17

   Commonwealth CA-25 Winjeel
   Commonwealth CA-1 Wirraway
   DeHavilland DHC-1 Chipmunk
   DeHavilland DH-82 Tiger Moth
   Fairchild PT-19 Cornell
   Hunting / Percival Provost
   Meyers OTW
   Nanchang CJ-6
   Naval Aircraft Factory N3N
   N. Am. BT-9 / BT-14 / Yale
   N. Am. T-6 Texan / SNJ / Harvard
   N. American T-28 Trojan

   Piaggio P149
   Ryan PT-22 Recruit

   Scottish Aviation T1 Bulldog
   Vultee BT-13 Valiant
   Yakovlev Yak-11
   Yakovlev Yak-18
   Yakovlev Yak-52


Bombers:
   Avro Lancaster
   Boeing B-17 Flying Fortress
   Boeing B-29 Superfortress
   Bristol Blenheim / Bolingbroke
   Consolidated B-24 Liberator
   Consolidated PB4Y-2 Privateer

   Douglas A-3 Skywarrior
   DeHavilland Mosquito
   Fairey Swordfish
   Heinkel He-111 / Casa 2.111

   Lockheed PV-2 Harpoon / Ventura
   Martin B-26 Marauder
   North American B-25 Mitchell


Transports:
   Beechcraft C-45 (AT-11)

   Boeing C-97 Stratofreighter (KC-97)
   Curtiss C-46 Commando
   Douglas C-47 Skytrain / Dakota
   Douglas C-54 Skymaster

   Fairchild C-119 Flying Boxcar
   Fairchild C-123 Provider
   Grumman C-1 Trader (S-2)
   Lockheed C-60 Lodestar
   Lockheed C-69 Constellation


Utility / Observation / Special Duty:
   Aeronca L-3 Grasshopper
   Aeronca L-16 Grasshopper
   Antonov AN-2 Colt
   Auster AOP 6/9
   Avro 652 Anson
   Avro Shackleton
   British Taylorcraft I-V
   Cessna L-19 / O-1 Bird Dog
   Cessna O-2 Super Skymaster
   Cessna T-50 / UC-78 Bobcat
   Consolidated PBY Catalina

   DeHavilland U-6A / L-20 Beaver
   Fairey Gannet
   Fairey Swordfish
   Fieseler Fi156 Storch
   Grumman S-2 Tracker (C-1)
   Grumman HU-16 Albatross
   Grumman OV-1 Mohawk
   Junkers Ju 52/3m

   Lockheed P2V Neptune
   Max Holste M.H.1521 Broussard
   Messerschmitt Bf 108 Taifun

   Noorduyn UC-64 Norseman
   North American L-17 Navion
   N. Am./ Rockwell OV-10 Bronco
   Piper L-4 Grasshopper
   Stinson L-5 Sentinel
   Taylorcraft L-2 Grasshopper
   Westland Lysander


Jets:
   Aero L-29 Delfin
   Aero L-39 Albatros
   Aermacchi MB-326
   Avro Vulcan
   BAC Strikemaster
   Blackburn (BAC) Buccaneer
   Canadair Tutor
   Cessna A-37 Dragonfly
   DeHavilland Vampire
   DeHavilland Venom
   English Electric Canberra
   English Electric Lightning
   Folland Gnat
   Fouga CM-170 Magister
   Gloster Meteor
   Grumman F9F Panther
   Hawker Hunter
   Hispano HA-200 Saeta
   Hunting Jet Provost
   Lockheed F-104 Starfighter
   Lockheed T-33 Shooting Star
   McDonnell-Douglas A-4 Skyhawk
   McDonnell-Douglas F-4 Phantom
   Messerschmitt Me-262
   Mikoyan MiG-15
   Mikoyan MiG-17
   Mikoyan MiG-21
   N. Am. F-86 Sabre / FJ-4 Fury
   N. Am. F-100 Super Sabre
   N. Am. / Rockwell T-2 Buckeye
   Northrop T-38 Talon / F-5
   PZL / WSK TS-11 Iskra
   Saab J35 Draken
   Soko G-2A Galeb
   Temco Pinto & Super Pinto


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Consolidated PB4Y-2 Privateer

(Variants/Other Names: P4Y)


Consolidated PB4Y-2 Privateer
(Tanker #126, operated by Hawkins and Powers Aviation, Greybull, Wyoming, USA. Photographer unknown. Thanks to H&P Aviation)

History: During World War II, the B-24-derived PB4Y-1 Liberator (originally designed for the US Army Air Corps) had performed very well for the US Navy as a maritime patrol plane, but in 1943 it was decided to ‘navalize’ the aircraft as a dedicated long-range patrol bomber. Three B-24’s were taken off the assembly line and reconfigured with lengthened fuselages, greater defensive armament, modified engine cowlings and a distinctive, single vertical tail. The resulting aircraft was designated the PB4Y-2 Privateer. With its 2,800-mile range, the Privateer was so useful that in the Navy took delivery of 739 of them, though few reached front line service by VJ-Day.

The Privateer went on to perform great service in the Cold War as a radar and electronics-countermeasures platform, having been renamed the P4Y in 1951. Following service with the US Coast Guard, the aircraft was retired in the early 1960s, although a small number were used as fire-bombers in the United States until 2002. One survivor is rumored to be under restoration to flight condition.    [History by Jeff VanDerford]

Nicknames: Lamp Lighter (Privateers flying "Firefly" missions in Korea, dropping parachute flares.)

Specifications:
        Engine: Four 1350-hp Pratt & Whitney R-1830-94 Twin Wasp radial engines.
        Weight: Empty 27,485 lbs., Max Takeoff 65,000 lbs.
        Wing Span: 110ft. 0in.
        Length: 74ft. 7in.
        Height: 30ft. 1in.
        Performance:
            Maximum Speed: 237mph
            Range: 2,800 miles
        Armament: 12 12.7-mm (0.5-inch) machine guns

Number Built: 739

Number Still Airworthy: One

Links:
AeroWeb Privateer Reference Page
Eduardo's Page -- (Privateer 3-view drawings)
Hawkins and Powers Aviation, Inc. -- Former operators of Privateer fire-bombers in Wyoming, USA.
Lone Star Flight Museum, TX, USA -- Privavateer Page
National Museum of Naval Aviation: Privateer
NavyLib.com -- Information about US Navy Liberators and Privateers.
Scott Van Aken's "PB4Y Saga" Page
Submerged Cultural Resources Exploration Team (SCRET): Privateer Page
US Navy Pacific-Based PB4Y Squadrons in WWII
US Navy Patrol Squadrons "VPNavy" Privateer Page

 

 


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