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B-18B Bolo
Pima Aerospace Museum
Tucson, AZ


B-18

B-18A Bolo bomber parked in the restoration yard at the Pima Aerospace Museum in Tucson, AZ. This area was off limits to visitors, so a long telephone shot was needed. The shimmering air on this 102 degree day impacted the quality of the photo. This Bolo spent the early part of WWII on anti-submarine patrol. In 1943, she was pulled off of the front line and used as a light transport. She was retired and struck from the inventory by V/E day.

Since this photo was taken in the early 1990s, this aircraft has been restored to static display. It is painted in an army green motif and is marked with its correct serial numbers. The aircraft has also been moved indoors and out of the hot desert sun. Note the nose on this aircraft. The upper portion is a large fiberglass ball, which houses a search radar. The lower position is configured for a gunner. The radar was a key tool in its anti-submarine patrol role.

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