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Douglas B-23 Dragon

S/N 39-036

 
 
Douglas B-23 Dragon Marker image. Click for full size.
By Lee Hattabaugh, May 18, 2011
1. Douglas B-23 Dragon Marker
Inscription. In 1938, the Douglas Aircraft Co. developed the B-23 Dragon to rectify the shortcomings of its B-18 Bolo. the B-23 Dragon featured upgraded engines, a considerably refined fuselage, and a tail gun position not found in the B-18. Beginning in early 1940, McChord's 17th Bombardment Group and the 89th Reconnaissance Squadron received their first factory fresh B-23 Dragon Bombers along side B-18 Bolos stationed at the base. McChord based B-23s were flown by the 89th RS (1940-1941), and other squadrons from the 12th BG (M) (1941-1942), 17th BG(M) (1940-1941), 47th BG(L) (1941).

Proudly Maintained by the McChord Air Museum.
 
Erected by McChord Air Museum.
 
Location. 47° 7.901′ N, 122° 28.944′ W. Marker is in McChord AFB, Washington, in Pierce County. Marker is on Colonel Joe Jackson Boulevard east of 6th Street SW, on the right when traveling north. Touch for map. Located in the McChord Air Museum aircraft park. Marker is in this post office area: McChord AFB WA 98438, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Douglas TC-47D Skytrain (a few steps from this marker); Douglas B-18A Bolo (within shouting distance of this marker); Beechcraft UC-45J Expeditor
Douglas B-23 Dragon Marker image. Click for full size.
By Lee Hattabaugh, May 18, 2011
2. Douglas B-23 Dragon Marker
The note on the nose of the aircraft states that it has been loaned to the National Museum of the Air Force in Dayton, OH.
(within shouting distance of this marker); Fairchild C-82A Packet (within shouting distance of this marker); Lockheed T-33A Shooting Star (within shouting distance of this marker); North American F-86D Sabre (within shouting distance of this marker); Convair F-102A Delta Dagger (within shouting distance of this marker); Fairchild Republic A-10A Thunderbolt II (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line). Touch for a list and map of all markers in McChord AFB.
 
Also see . . .
1. McChord Air Museum. (Submitted on June 29, 2011, by Lee Hattabaugh of Capshaw, Alabama.)
2. National Museum of the Air Force - factsheet. (Submitted on June 29, 2011, by Lee Hattabaugh of Capshaw, Alabama.)
3. Wikipedia - B-23 Dragon. (Submitted on June 29, 2011, by Lee Hattabaugh of Capshaw, Alabama.)
 
Categories. Air & SpaceWar, World II
 
Douglas B-23 Dragon Marker image. Click for full size.
By Lee Hattabaugh, May 19, 2011
3. Douglas B-23 Dragon Marker
Douglas B-23 Dragon image. Click for full size.
By Lee Hattabaugh, May 18, 2011
4. Douglas B-23 Dragon
Tail gun position noted on the marker image. Click for full size.
By Lee Hattabaugh, May 18, 2011
5. Tail gun position noted on the marker
Douglas B-23 Dragon image. Click for full size.
By Lee Hattabaugh, May 18, 2011
6. Douglas B-23 Dragon
Douglas B-23 Dragon image. Click for full size.
By Lee Hattabaugh, May 19, 2011
7. Douglas B-23 Dragon
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on June 29, 2011, by Lee Hattabaugh of Capshaw, Alabama. This page has been viewed 540 times since then and 15 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7. submitted on June 29, 2011, by Lee Hattabaugh of Capshaw, Alabama. • Craig Swain was the editor who published this page.
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