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To: jazusamo

I was curious to see how the A3 compared to the B25. I do not mean to belittle the Doolittle men. What they accomplished was truly groundbreaking. They launched those aircraft without catapaults or jet engines and what they did for American morale, to Japanese morale and causing Japan to hold back resources for homeland defense undoubtedly saved countless American lives.

Specifications (A3D-2/A-3B Skywarrior)
General characteristics

Crew: 3
Length: 76 ft 4 in (23.27 m)
Wingspan: 72 ft 6 in (22.10 m)
Height: 22 ft 9½ in (6.95 m)
Wing area: 812 ft² (75.4 m²)
Empty weight: 39,409 lb (17,876 kg)
Loaded weight: 70,000 lb (31,750 kg)
Max takeoff weight: 82,000 lb (37,195 kg)
Powerplant: 2 × Pratt & Whitney J57-P-10 turbojet, 10,500 lbf (46.7 kN) dry (12,400 lbf (55.3 kN with water injection))[25] each

Specifications (B-25J)

General characteristics

Crew: six (one pilot, one co-pilot, navigator/bombardier, turret gunner/engineer, radio operator/waist gunner, tail gunner)
Length: 52 ft 11 in (16.1 m)
Wingspan: 67 ft 6 in (20.6 m)
Height: 17 ft 7 in (4.8 m)
Wing area: 610 sq ft (57 m²)
Empty weight: 21,120 lb (9,580 kg)
Loaded weight: 33,510 lb (15,200 kg)
Max takeoff weight: 41,800 lb (19,000 kg)
Powerplant: 2 × Wright R-2600 “Cyclone 14” radials, 1,850 hp (1,380 kW) each


9 posted on 11/11/2011 11:15:33 AM PST by magslinger (To properly protect your family you need a Bible, a twelve gauge and a pig.)
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To: magslinger

It’s always been amazing to me how they pulled that off with so few casualties. I remember as a young kid seeing the movie, it really made an impression.


11 posted on 11/11/2011 11:33:38 AM PST by jazusamo (The real minimum wage is zero: Thomas Sowell)
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