Douglas B-18A Bolo: A Sword was better.

Douglas B-18A Bolo: A Sword was better.

The B-18 Bolo (a Philippine machete) was a sort of DC-2 military cousin, in essence a modified airliner. Confronted in 1935 to the Boeing 299 (B-17’s Daddy) the USAAC chose quantity over quality and the Bolo became just before WW2 the premier American bomber mainly because it was the cheaper option.
In service the Bolo displayed the usual attribute of the cheaper options:it was above all unimpressive. A good asset in peacetime when they played a useful role as “crews producer”, gladly they only saw second-line service during the war before they quietly faded away.

With the A version it looks like someone thought that maybe an outrageous nose could help improve Bolo’s meagre popularity…..what do you think?

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3 thoughts on “Douglas B-18A Bolo: A Sword was better.

  1. Pingback: Douglas B-18A Bolo: If you can’t be good be colorful. | The Dreamy Dodo

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