Watch the World War II training film used to familiarize new pilots with the B-26 Martin Marauder Medium Bomber "live" over the Internet.
B-26How to Fly the B-26 Airplane
(1943, Black & White 47:41)
"Smooth as a G.I. haircut!"
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That's "Peter Gunn" (actor Craig Stevens) in the right seat, and that's Don Porter in the left seat who made over 75 appearances in films and TV shows. Although rookie pilots found her tricky to handle during take off and landing because of her abrupt stall, the B-26 was liked and respected by more experienced air crew. Appropriately called "the Marauder," the high speed, good bomb load, and durability of this bomber made it well suited for low & medium level raids over Europe and the Pacific. This film is one of Zeno's personal favorites.
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See Martin B-26 Marauder performance charts, cockpit photos, systems diagrams and more from a real pilot's manual.
Martin B-26B Vital Statistics
Type: Seven Seat Medium Day Bomber
Powerplant: Two 1,900 hp (1432-kW) Pratt & Whitney R-2800-43 radial piston engines
Performance
Maximum Speed: 282mph (454 km/h) at 15,000 ft (4750m)
Climb to 15,000 ft(4750m): 13 minutes
Service Ceiling: 21,000 ft (6400m)
Range: 1,150 miles (1851 km) with 3,000 lb (1361 kg) of bombs & 1153 US gal (4367 liters) of fuel
Max Ferry Range:
2850 miles, (4587 km)
Weights:

Empty: 24,000 lb (10886 kg)

Normal Take-off: 37,000lb (16783 kg)

Dimensions

Span: 71 ft (21.62m)

Length: 58 ft 3 in (17.75m)

Height:21 ft 6 in (6.55m)

Wing Area: 658 sq ft (61.13m2)

Armament

12 X 0.5 (12.7mm) machine guns

Bomb Load: 4,000lb (1818 kg)

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Bomber Collection

Zeno's Flight Shop Aircraft DVDs-
Color photo of Martin B-26 'Marauder," 323rd Bombardment Group, in flight over Germany taken from the video "White Tailed Marauders."
From "White Tailed Marauders"
If you are a Marauder fan check out our
B-26 Marauders Go to War DVD-
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Four great films in high quality, full screen digital home DVD video
* White Tailed Marauders New - Exclusive Production in color! See the men of the 323rd Bombardment Group and their B-26 Marauaders on a mission to Germany.
* How to Fly the B-26 Airplane
* The Rear Gunner Starring Lt. Ronald Reagan and Lt. Burgess Meredith, follows "PeeWee" Williams through gunnery school and into battle in this vintage WWII information film produced for the Army Air Corps. A seldom seen look inside an actual World War II bomber gunnery school featuring a wide variety of methods for increasing shooting accuracy and weapons proficiency.
* Building a Bomber: The B-26 See production of a B-26 from metal casting through final assembly.  
* A high resolution printable reproduction of a 105 page Martin B-26 Marauder pilot's manual
and don't miss the superb documentaries "Target For Today," "Combat America," and "U.S. Bombers Go To War."
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