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Encyclopedia > PB4Y Privateer
Consolidated PB4Y Privateer
A United States Navy PB4Y-2 in flight.
Type Maritime patrol bomber
Manufacturer Consolidated Aircraft
Introduced 1943
Retired 1954, U.S. Navy
1958, U.S. Coast Guard
Primary users United States Navy
United States Coast Guard
Number built 739
Developed from B-24 Liberator

The Consolidated PB4Y-2 Privateer was a United States Navy patrol bomber derived from the Consolidated B-24 Liberator. The Navy had been using unmodified B-24s under the name PB4Y-1 Liberator, and the type was considered very successful. However, a fully navalized design was desired, and Consolidated developed a dedicated, long-range patrol bomber in 1943 — the PB4Y-2 Privateer.[1] Image File history File links PB4Y-2_Privateer_in_flight. ... A patrol bomber, or patrol aircraft, is an airplane designed to operate for long times over water in an anti-shipping or anti-submarine role. ... An aerospace manufacturer is a company or individual involved in the various aspects of designing, building, testing, selling, and maintaining aircraft, aircraft parts, missiles, rockets, and/or spacecraft. ... The Consolidated Aircraft Corporation was founded in 1923 by Reuben H. Fleet. ... This is a list of aviation-related events from 1943: Events January January 27 - the USAAF makes its first daylight raid on Germany January 30 - Royal Air Force de Havilland Mosquitos make the first daylight air-raid on Berlin January 30-31 – the H2S radar is used by RAF... This is a list of aviation-related events from 1954: Events January January 10 - a BOAC de Havilland Comet crashes into the Mediterranean Sea near Elba with the loss of all 35 people aboard. ... This is a list of aviation-related events from 1958: Events Gulfstream Aerospace founded in Savannah, Georgia, USA. London Gatwick Airport opens after two years of extensive reconstruction. ... USN redirects here. ... The United States Coast Guard (USCG) is a branch of the United States armed forces involved in maritime law enforcement, mariner assistance, search and rescue, and national defense, among other duties of coast guards elsewhere. ... The Consolidated B-24 Liberator was an American bomber that was produced in greater numbers than any other American combat aircraft during the World War II and was used by most of the Allied air forces during the war. ... USN redirects here. ... A patrol bomber, or patrol aircraft, is an airplane designed to operate for long times over water in an anti-shipping or anti-submarine role. ... The Consolidated Aircraft Corporation was founded in 1923 by Reuben H. Fleet. ... The Consolidated B-24 Liberator was an American bomber that was produced in greater numbers than any other American combat aircraft during the World War II and was used by most of the Allied air forces during the war. ... This is a list of aviation-related events from 1943: Events January January 27 - the USAAF makes its first daylight raid on Germany January 30 - Royal Air Force de Havilland Mosquitos make the first daylight air-raid on Berlin January 30-31 – the H2S radar is used by RAF...

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Development

The Privateer is outwardly quite similar to the Liberator. It is slightly longer, and has a tall single vertical tail rather than the B-24's twin tail configuration. Earlier, Ford (which produced B-24s for the U.S. Army Air Corps) had built an experimental variant – the B-24K – using the single tail of a B-23 Dragon.[2] Handling was improved, and the Air Corps’ proposed B-24N production model was to be built by Ford; the orders, however, were cancelled May 31, 1945 and the B-24N never entered production. The Navy's desire for substantial redesigns, however, brought the new tail assembly within reason. The vertical stabilizer or fin of an aircraft is found on its tail, generally pointing straight upward. ... A twin tail is a specific type of vertical stabilizer arrangement found on some aircraft. ... Ford Motor Company is an American multinational corporation and the worlds third largest automaker based on vehicle sales in 2005. ... 1. ... The B-23 Dragon was a twin-engined aeroplane developed by Douglas Aircraft Company as a successor to (and a refinement of) the B-18 Bolo. ...

An unarmed Coast Guard PB4Y-2.
An unarmed Coast Guard PB4Y-2.

During development, the defensive armament was also increased by adding a second Martin dorsal turret and a pair of ERCO waist blisters. The Navy eventually took delivery of 739 Privateers, many of which flew in the Korean War. All Navy PB4Y-2s were retired by 1954, though several Privateers served until 1958 in Coast Guard service before being auctioned off for salvage. Image File history File links Download high resolution version (1029x553, 27 KB) Consolidated PB4Y Privateer Source: http://www. ... Image File history File links Download high resolution version (1029x553, 27 KB) Consolidated PB4Y Privateer Source: http://www. ... Combatants United Nations: Republic of Korea  Australia  Belgium Canada  Colombia Ethiopia  France Greece  Netherlands  New Zealand  Philippines South Africa  Thailand  Turkey  United Kingdom United States Medical staff:  Denmark  India  Italy  Norway  Sweden Communist states: Democratic People’s Republic of Korea People’s Republic of China  Soviet Union Commanders Syngman Rhee... The United States Coast Guard (USCG) is a branch of the United States armed forces involved in maritime law enforcement, mariner assistance, search and rescue, and national defense, among other duties of coast guards elsewhere. ...


Privateers as slurry bombers

A limited number of refitted PB4Ys continued in civilian service as slurry bombers, dropping fire retardant on forest fires throughout the Western United States. On July 18, 2002, one such refitted PB4Y, BuNo 66260 operated by Hawkins and Powers Aviation of Wyoming, broke up in flight while fighting a wildfire near Rocky Mountain National Park. Both crew members were killed in the accident, and the FAA temporarily grounded all slurry bombers in the region.[3] Following the accident, all remaining Privateers were retired. Bombardier CL-415 waterbomber of the Province of Québec Aerial firefighting is a method to combat wildfires using aircraft. ... Rocky Mountain National Park is located in the north central region of the U.S. state of Colorado. ... FAA may refer to: Federal Aviation Administration in the United States Fleet Air Arm in the UK Royal Navy Fuerza Aérea Argentina in Argentina This is a disambiguation page — a navigational aid which lists other pages that might otherwise share the same title. ...


Operators

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Specifications (PB4Y-2)

Orthographically projected diagram of the Consolidated PB4Y-2 Privateer.

Data from Jane's Fighting Aircraft of World War II[4] Image File history File links PB4Y-2_Privateer_3-view. ...

General characteristics

  • Crew: 11: two pilots, navigator, bombardier, five gunners, two radio operators
  • Length: 74 ft 7 in (22.73 m)
  • Wingspan: 110 ft 0 in (33.53 m)
  • Height: 30 ft 1 in (9.17 m)
  • Wing area: 1,048 ft² (97.4 m²)
  • Empty weight: 27,485 lb (12,467 kg)
  • Max takeoff weight: 65,000 lb (29,500 kg)
  • Powerplant: 4× Pratt & Whitney R-1830-94 radial engines, 1,350 hp (1,010 kW) each

Performance

Armament

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References

  1. ^ Convair PB4Y-2 Privateer. American Military Aircraft. Retrieved on 2006-03-24.
  2. ^ Consolidated B-24N Liberator. American Military Aircraft. Retrieved on 2006-03-24.
  3. ^ "Two Die in Crash Fighting Colorado Wildfire". Firehouse.com. Retrieved on 2006-04-23.
  4. ^ Jane, Fred T. “The Consolidated Vultee Privateer.” Jane’s Fighting Aircraft of World War II. London: Studio, 1946. p. 217-218. ISBN 1 85170 493 0.

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Designation sequence

  • Consolidated: 29 - 30 - 31 -
32 (B-24) - 33 - 34 - 35
32 (PB4Y)

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  Results from FactBites:
 
PB4Y-2 Privateer (215 words)
However, 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.
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.
In April 1945, some Privateers were modified to carry the Bat and were designated as the PB4Y-2B.
Convair PB4Y-2 Privateer (2428 words)
The Privateer was used exclusively in the Pacific theatre in WW 2, where it was used primarily for patrol missions in support of amphibious operations during the latter stages of the Pacific war.
The first Privateer loss was an aircraft from VPB-106 which was ditched in October of 1944 in the Gulf of California.
The last Privateer combat loss of the war was 59495 from VPB-121, which was shot down on August 14, 1945 off the coast of Honshu.
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