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Consolidated PB4Y-2 Privateer

United States (1943)
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The Consolidated PB4Y-2 Privateer was a further development of the USN PB4Y-1 anti-submarine aircraft, itself a modified B-24 Liberator.


Detailing the development and operational history of the Consolidated PB4Y-2 Privateer Long-Range Reconnaissance Aircraft.  Entry last updated on 6/20/2017. Authored by Staff Writer. Content ©www.MilitaryFactory.com

The Consolidated PB4Y-2 Privateer was a further development of the United States Navy's PB4Y-1 anti-submarine warfare aircraft which, itself, was a further variant based on the successful Consolidated B-24 Liberator bomber aircraft. Fielded during the latter half of World War 2, the Privateer went on to see action in the skies of the Korean War as well, supplying the USN with a long-range strategic reconnaissance need. The system appeared in limited numbers in the Second World War but would see a total production count of well over 1,300 examples by the end of its production run.

Definite visual similarities to the Consolidated B-24 offering can clearly be observed in the PB4Y-2 system with the exception of the single vertical tail system as opposed to the dual fin found on the Liberator models. Of particular note with the Privateer was the defensive armament, being fielded with no less than 12 x 12.7mm heavy caliber machine guns mounted in nose, tail, waist and dorsal turret positions. An additional 12,800lbs of bombs could be carried and the aircraft was operated by a crew of eleven personnel - most manning the machine gun emplacements.


Picture of the Consolidated PB4Y-2 Privateer Long-Range Reconnaissance Aircraft
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Three prototype PB4Y-2's were ordered and flown, all based on the preceding PB4Y-1 Navy models, designed specifically for anti-submarine warfare. Like previous Liberator models, the PB4Y-2 Privateer was fielded with four Pratt & Whitney-brand radial piston engines, mounted on a high-wing monoplane at the center of the fuselage. The Privateer maintained the basic Liberator design with the exception of additional defensive armament positions and the identifiable blister emplacements at the left and right waist gunner positions - each mounting dual 12.7mm machine guns.

The Privateer operated well into the years encompassing the Korean War, serving in some capacity as Elint (electronic intelligence) models. A single Privateer was also the first casualty of the Cold War, being engaged and shot down by Soviet forces. Some Privateers were utilized in the maritime patrol mission as well. In all, it was an economical stop-gap design that served well for a number of years - too late for much use in World War 2, but serving an effective role in the post-war years nonetheless.






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Relative Maximum Speed Rating
Hi: 300mph
Lo: 150mph
    This entry's maximum listed speed (287mph).

    Graph average of 225 miles-per-hour.
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Unit Production Comparison
Comm. Market HI*: 44,000 units
Military Market HI**: 36,183 units
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  ** Military Market High belongs to Ilyushin Il-2.


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Origin: United States
Year: 1943
Type: Long-Range Reconnaissance Aircraft
Manufacturer(s): Consolidated - USA
Production: 1,370
Global Operators:
France; United States
Historical Commitments / Honors:

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Structural - Crew, Dimensions, and Weights:
Unless otherwise noted the presented statistics below pertain to the Consolidated PB4Y-2 Privateer model. Common measurements, and their respective conversions, are shown when possible.

Operational
CREW


Personnel
11


Dimension
LENGTH


Feet
74.57 ft


Meters
22.73 m


Dimension
WIDTH


Feet
110.01 ft


Meters
33.53 m


Dimension
HEIGHT


Feet
30.09 ft


Meters
9.17 m


Weight
LOADED


Pounds
65,003 lb


Kilograms
29,485 kg

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Installed Power - Standard Day Performance:
4 x Pratt & Whitney R-1830-94 "Twin Wasp" 14-cylinder radial piston engines.

Performance
SPEED


Miles-per-Hour
287 mph


Kilometers-per-Hour
462 kph


Knots
249 kts


Performance
RANGE


Miles
2,796 mi


Kilometers
4,500 km


Nautical Miles
2,430 nm


Performance
CEILING


Feet
20,669 ft


Meters
6,300 m


Miles
3.91 mi

Supported Weapon Systems:

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Armament - Hardpoints (0):

STANDARD:
2 x 12.7mm machine guns in forward dorsal turret
2 x 12.7mm machine guns in rearward dorsal turret
2 x 12.7mm machine guns in nose turret
2 x 12.7mm machine guns in tail turret
2 x 12.7mm machine guns in left waist blister position
2 x 12.7mm machine guns in right waist blister position

OPTIONAL:
Up to 12,800 pounds of internal stores.
Variants: Series Model Variants
• B-24 "Liberator" - Base Consolidated Design utilized in development of the PB4Y-1 and PB4Y-2 aircraft for the United States Navy.
• PB4Y-1 - USN Anti-Submarine Variant
• PB4Y-1G - Former USN PB4Y-1/-2G models utilized by the US Coast Guard service branch as patrol platforms; sans guns.
• PB4Y-2 "Privateer" - USN Long-Range Strategic Reconnaissance Variant.
• PB4Y-2G - Former USN PB4Y-1/-2G models utilized by the US Coast Guard service branch as patrol platforms; sans guns.