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Martin B-57B Intruder

Martin B-57B Intruder at the Air Zoo

Did You Know?

  • The Intruder was first developed by English Electric in Great Britain, and was originally known as the Canberra.
  • The original British aircraft had the pilot and bombardier side-by-side in the cockpit, where the USAF "B" version employed the tandem fore and aft cockpit configuration. The American version also had eight .50 caliber machine guns (and later 20mm cannons) added to the wings.
  • Martin developed a rotary bomb bay (vs. the standard "clam shell" type) for the Intruder, sealing the fuselage and reducing drag so effectively that high speed bomb runs were possible.
  • This particular B-57B, tail number 52-1584, was manufactured by Martin's Baltimore, Maryland facility, and delivered to the USAF on May 26, 1955. It is painted to represent a B-57B assigned to the 8th Tactical Bombardment Squadron, Phan Rang, Vietnam.

Specifications

Crew Two
Wingspan 64 ft.
Length 65 ft. 6 in.
Height 15 ft. 6 in.
Maximum Weight 55,000 lbs.
Maximum Speed 582 mph
Range 3000 miles
Engine(s) J65-W-5 (2)
Number Produced 1,385
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