|Maiden Flight||17 December 1937|
Contributor: C. Peter Chen
ww2dbasePB2Y Coronado flying boats were designed as the successor to the PBY Catalina flying boats. Orders for two prototype aircraft were placed in 1936, and the maiden flight took place in Dec 1937. After fixing stability issues with the prototype aircraft, the production design was designated PB2Y-2. PB2Y-3 variant design was completed shortly after the start of the Pacific War, which featured additional armor and self-sealing fuel tanks. In US Navy service, they saw both combat (bombing and anti-submarine warfare) and non-combat (transport and ambulance) roles, though the latter was much more commonplace. Ten PB2Y Coronado aircraft were also sent to the United Kingdom via the Lend Lease program; the British used them purely as transports, flying trans-Atlantic routes. Later in the war, despite engine upgrade and increased fuel capacity (PB2Y-5), the US Navy also relegated them to transport roles only. They were all scrapped shortly after WW2. During the design's production life, 217 examples were built.
Last Major Revision: Jun 2011
PB2Y Coronado Timeline
|17 Dec 1937||PB2Y Coronado flying boat took its first flight.|
|Machinery||Four Pratt & Whitney R-1830-92 radial engines rated at 1,200hp each|
|Armament||3x2x12.7mm M2 Browning machine guns in 3 turrets (nose, dorsal, tail), 2x12.7mm M2 Browning machine guns in waist mounts, 2 Mark 13 torpedoes or up to 5,400kg of bombs|
|Wing Area||165.00 m²|
|Weight, Empty||18,530 kg|
|Weight, Maximum||30,000 kg|
|Speed, Maximum||310 km/h|
|Speed, Cruising||272 km/h|
|Service Ceiling||6,250 m|
|Range, Normal||1,720 km|
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