Douglas B-23 Dragon

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  1. V-1710

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    I just read where the B-23 was considered by Doolittle for the Tokyo raid. Had that plane been used, it may not have been forgotten as it was.
     
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    I need to scan a pix I took of a B-23 at a Chino Airshow back in the 80's. I will try to get one posted up of it this weekend.

    Stay tuned.
     
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    The B-23 had a DC-3 wing and tailplane. It was a docile aircraft but a lot slower amd not as advanced as the B-25. The B-23 couldn't be used becuase of it's wingspan.

    Most B-23s were used as trainers or in ASW work. I had an Uncle who flew in B-18s and B-23s, I remember him telling me they were "safe and comfortable."
     
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    I think the B-23 may have been the first U.S. plane with a tail gunner position.
     
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    It was ;)
     
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    Not nearly as cool-looking either 8)
     
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    Yep - looks like a plain ole DC-3 on steroids...
     

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    Yeah, i dont think it looks too menacing. More like a DC-3 converted in an emergency, and less of a menacing bomber aircraft that would lead the first retalitory strike against the enemy that "un-provekedly" attacked us in port and pearl. Glad we used the B-25
     
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    It's got one helluva tail fin though, I'll give it that. :lol:
     
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    Yeah haha, that tailfin is pretty wicked, would make a nice shot for a fighter pilot though, being so damn big.
     
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    I posted a pix of the B-23 that flew at Chino in the early 80's in my thread "Chino Pix"
     
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