The Consolidated B-32 Dominator was an American heavy bomber in service with the US Army Air Forces for a very short period of time, from January 27 to August 30, 1945, for only seven months. However, it did see combat action in the Pacific Theater of operations, carrying out bombing operations against Japan. Since the Dominator was designed as a backup bomber of the Boeing B-29, which was developed simultaneously, Consolidated Aircraft produced a limited number of it, only 118 B-32s. ¬†Although it was first planned as the twin of the Boeing B-29, it was a shoulder-winged aircraft, rather than a mid-winged one, as the Superfortress was; It was also slightly smaller than the Superfortress in terms of length and wingspan; besides, the pressurized cabin had been taken out of the B-32, which was then redesigned as a more conventional aircraft. That is why it operated only at low and medium altitude. In August, 1945, after Japan broadcast its unconditional surrender, the Dominator conducted only reconnaissance missions to monitor Japan’s compliance with the cease of fire.

Armament and Bombload

Armed with ten .50 (12.7mm) M2 Browning machine guns and one 20mm cannon, distributed in different turrets lacated on the fuselage on dorsal and ventral positions, the B-32 carried about the same defensive weaponry like the B-29. These machine guns were operated remotely from periscopic sights inside the aircraft. Although, it was slightly smaller than the Superfortress, it had the same bombload capacity, being able to carry up to 9,100 kg of bombs (20,000 lb).

Specifications

Type: four-engine heavy bomber

Wingspan: 135′ (41.16 m)

Length: 82′ 1″ (25 m)

Height: 32′ 2″ (9.8 m)

Engines: four Wright R-3350, 8-cylinder, radial engines, delivering 2,200 hp each

Maximum speed: 357 mph (575 km/h)

Range: 3,800 miles (6,119 km)

Crew: 10

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