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The Douglas B-18 Bolo was the immediate predecessor to many of the famous American WW2 bombers.

It was however totally obsolete when it entered service, with it's lack of speed, defensive armament and bomb load.

It ended up as a useful anti-submarine plane for the US and Canada sinking 3 U-boats.



Cape Blanco Airport is on the very south west edge of PNW.


Floras Lake Beach with Floras Lake.


At Bandon.


The Bolo's bomb bay.



Near Bandon Dunes with the turret ready for action.


Coming into Coos Bay over South Slough.


Coos Bay and the Coos River.


Coming in to land on rwy22


Not the best of landings.


Parked up and getting ready for the next flight.

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17 hours ago, Jack Sawyer said:

Great shots and interesting backstory Martyn.  Isn't it amazing that they always found a use even for obsolete planes?  Not much wasted back then when they needed all they could get. 

Cheers Jack, so interesting discovering all of the history of planes like this. I have been aware of the plane for years but not it's story.

17 hours ago, Iain Emms said:

Very nice set.



Thanks Iain


16 hours ago, jury42 said:

Again intresting warplane!

Cheers Jury.

16 hours ago, Stillwater said:

Great history lesson, but not so great weather where you flew the old lady. Come down into the sun!

Thank you Gerold, our first wintery day today, wind chill currently 9.8c, love it.

12 hours ago, Flying_Grandpa said:

Amazing set

Thanks FG

11 hours ago, dolf8857 said:

Nice shots Martyn!

Cheers Dolf.

4 hours ago, BradB said:

Great old plane and shots Martyn , but what did you do with Marco . :o:P:lol:





Thanks John, I told him to Biss Off:mellow::o:lol:.

4 hours ago, olderndirt said:

You really know how to find them.  Always been a fan of Douglas - they built some beauts and others not so much.

Cheers OD, you can see the DC-2 pedigree in this one!

2 hours ago, Bermuda425 said:

Stomping set of shotz!

Thanks Erik.


Many thanks for your interest and comments.

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On ‎9‎/‎04‎/‎2017 at 4:29 PM, paulb said:

Well done Martyn! Now that is one plane that I have never seen in real life.

Cheers Paul and I think I would bet my house that I will never see one of these although there are 5 in  museums.

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19 hours ago, Sammy H said:

Martyn, you have quite the hangar collection.  Another stunning set here my friend!

Thank you Sammy, it is getting a bit bloated now with all of this old freeware, maybe time for a cull:ph34r:

16 hours ago, adambar said:

Elegant set there Martyn! :)

Cheers Adam.

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