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Wright R-1820
775 h.p. ea.
44 ft. 9 in.
70 ft. 6 in.
9,680 lbs.
16,400 lbs.
3- .30 cal.
2,600 lbs.
180 mph
215 mph
1,860 fpm
24,000 feet
1,240 miles

Martin B-10
Martin B-10

The Martin B-10 was the first "modern" United States bomber aircraft and a leap upward in aviation technology. It could fly as fast as the latest fighter aircraft of the time and was almost twice as fast as biplane bombers.

When the Wright Flyer first took to the sky, the Wright Brothers thought they were introducing a machine that would make it impossible to wage future wars. The Flyer was made from wood with wings held together with piano wire. It had two main wings, a biplane design, and propellers behind the wing which pushed the airplane.

Some early bomber aircraft used the pusher arrangement, but it eventually became apparent that it was generally inferior to tractor propulsion.

With improved engine technology, aircraft flew faster and drag became a major concern. The canvas covered biplane wings and wire bracing gave way to a metal, monoplane design.

By the end of World War I, modern, relatively light weight, water cooled in line piston engines and air cooled radial engines had replaced the heavy, slow engines of World War I.

When World War II ended some 40 years after the first aircraft flew, bomber aircraft were made of metal and flew distances and speeds that could only be imagined at one time.

The U.S. Army Air Corps placed the largest bomber order since the First World War when it contracted to produce the Martin B-10.  A total of 121 of the Martin B-10 were ordered between 1933 and 1936.  Additionally thirty two of the Martin B-10 were upgraded to be propelled by more powerful Pratt & Whitney engines.

The Martin B-10 saw action during World War Two when flown by China and the Netherlands. They fared poorly against enemy fighters.

A total of 342 Martin B-10 bombers were built.

Martin B-10

Martin B-10 - Bachhuber

The Martin B-10 built by Carl Bachhuber from Cleveland Plans has a 120" wingspan and is powered by G-12 engines.

Uncle Willies has plans for a Martin B-10 with a wingspan of 52" and a length of 33". Fox 35 engines are recommended. All up weight is about 3.5 lbs.

Cleveland Models & Supply has plans for the Martin B-10 in wingspans of 27", 36", 54", 72", 108", 144", and 216".

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Martin B-10
Martin B-10 - Cleveland

Martin B-10
Martin B-10 - Carl Bachhuber

Martin B-10
Martin B-10 - grass runway