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Consolidated PB2Y-3 Coronado
|Crew||7 to 10|
|Dimensions||115' by 79'3" by 27'6"
35.05m by 24.16m by 8.38m
|Wing area||1780 square feet
165.4 square meters
|Maximum speed||213 mph (343 km/h) at 19,500 feet (5900 meters)
199 mph (320 km/h) at sea level
|Cruise speed||140 mph
|Landing speed||76 mph
|Climb rate||9 feet per second
2.7 meters per second
|Service ceiling||20,100 feet
|Power plant||4 1200 hp (895 kW) Pratt & Whitney R-1830-88 Twin Wasp two-row 14-cylinder radial engines driving three-bladed propellers|
|Armament||1 twin 0.50
1 twin 0.50 dorsal turret
1 twin 0.50 tail turret
2 0.50 flexible waist machine guns
||up to 8000 lbs (3600 kg) internal plus 4000 lbs (1800 kg) external, including torpedoes|
|Range||2310 miles (3720 km) with 4 325lb (147 kg) depth charges
1380 miles (2220 km) with 8000 lbs (3600 kg) bombs
3107 miles (5000 km) ferry
||1580 gallons (5980 liters) normal
|Production||210 PB2Y-3 at
Consolidated Aircraft, San
Diego from 12/40 to 10/43.
||Most units had ASV radar.
been as extensively modified.
The PB2Y-2 was faster at 255
mph but only a few
The –3R was demilitarized and used to
transport 44 passengers or
16,000 pounds (7000 kilograms) cargo.
The –5 had
60% more fuel.
The –5H was an unarmed air ambulance capable of accommodating 25 stretchers.
The prototype Coronado was the winner of a 1935 Navy design contest, defeating a Consolidated rival. Significant design changes, particularly to the hull form and the tail surfaces, were made to the production model, which was not ordered until March 1939 due to the priority put on the PBY Catalina. By then a supercharged Twin Wasp engine with superior high altitude performance was available.
Though the Coronado was ordered as a
patrol flying boat,
its range was unremarkable, and most of the production was converted to
transport and flying
had a personal Coronado that proved invaluable for allowing him to work
his staff while en route to various headquarters around the
plane was rather sluggish, and pioneered the use of rocket takeoff
Most of the –3s and –5s that were not demilitarized
radar above the
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