Based on the B-18 Bolo, the Douglas company refined this medium bomber as B-23 Dragon. It had a DC-3 alike wing with larger wingspan and a fully retractable undercarriage. Also the B-23 was the first operational US bomber equipped with a glazed tail gun position. First flight was July 1939. It was however not so good as the B-25, so production was limited to about 38 aircraft and many were converted for transport tasks.

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B-23 Dragon

This is a UC-67, the 1963 redesignation of the B-23. This aircraft with serial.no."39-0047" was seen at the Castle Air Museum at the former Castle Air Force Base in Atwater, California.

Photographed 2017 by Cees Hendriks (c) copyright

Only one plastic scale model is known to have been released:  in 1/72 scale by Combat Models.


This walk around page was first published July 2018 by M. de Vreeze ;   note the Copyright!