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B-24 in flight, viewed from above, circa 1942-1945

Caption   B-24 in flight, viewed from above, circa 1942-1945 ww2dbase
Source    ww2dbaseUnited States Air Force
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Added By C. Peter Chen
Added Date 21 Apr 2007

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1. Commenter identity confirmed Bill says:
7 Aug 2010 10:19:26 AM

Good inflight photograph of a B-24 H or J
Model, what shows up well is the Davis wing.
The Davis wing, was a high-aspect ratio design.
After World War II the used of the Davis wing ended, yet it remains famous today.

The B-24 was not a forgiving aircraft, and
was a demanding aircraft to fly.
Pilots had to keep her trimmed, or she would
wander all over the sky.

The B-24 was never a Hands off airplane, you
had to work all the time. Some missions ran
14 hours, and it must have been exhausting for both pilots.

The Davis Wing:

David R. Davis designed his wing in reverse,
starting with a basic low-drag teardrop shape
and modifying it as required, to provide lift
the wing was thick, but had a short cord and high-aspect ratio.
Davis clamed it would offer much lower drag, and the thickness of the wing would allow for good fuel storage.
After World War II the use of the Davis Wing
ended, yet it remains famous to this day.


2. Commenter identity confirmed Bill says:
30 Oct 2014 06:51:30 PM

GUNSHIP:

At one time the B-24 Liberator was tested out as a escort known as the XP-41. And was armed with as many as (18) or more fifty caliber machine guns
carrying 12,420 rounds of .50cal. ammo man that's a lot of lead to throw at an enemy plus another 4,000 rounds stored in the bomb bay! The escort
bomber wasn't put into operation.

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