Douglas B-18B 'Bolo'

  Base model:B-18
  Designation System:U.S. Air Force
  Designation Period:1924-Present
  Basic role:Bomber

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Examples of this type may be found at
McChord Air MuseumMcChord AFBWashington
Pima Air & Space MuseumTucsonArizona

B-18B on display

Pima Air & Space Museum


Recent comments by our visitors
 Terry W Hunt
 , ID
I remember my Dad's B-18 from when my Mom took me out to Columbia Airport (California) to meet my Dad there in about 1949. I was four years old and can remember the airplane (Bomber to me) well.
06/02/2015 @ 17:00 [ref: 69111]
Regarding the comment below that this was a transition model from bi-planes, this was not the case. Bi-plane bombers were replaced by the Martin B-10. The B-18 was the replacement for the B-10. It was procured in large numbers (for that time) to fill the ranks of all bomber units, and it was actually more numerous in bomber squadrons, particularly overseas, than the B-17 at the time of Pearl Harbor.
06/21/2009 @ 17:58 [ref: 24253]
 John D. Voss
 , CA
Regarding Mr. McGaw's statement: Jimmy Doolittle first selected Douglas B-23 Dragon for his famous Tokyo Raid ...not the B-18 Bolo. When he realized that the B-23's wing span was too great to clear the island on the aircraft carrier he settled on the B-25 Mitchell.
09/13/2007 @ 21:11 [ref: 17919]
 Ted Hunt
 Waldport, Oregon, OR
I owned RB-18B serial #38-593 in 1947-1949. I sold it Lynn Roberts in 1949, and he converted it to agricultural spraying and dusting.

I paid $1,500 for her.

I plan to write a book about my years while working the plane and living off the meager bucks I earned with the dear old girl. The loads she could lift and get out of very short and rough airstrips are almost unbelievable.

Ted Hunt

02/06/2007 @ 11:38 [ref: 15434]
 Michael McGaw
 Barstow, CA
I just thought that I would interject a small note here. . . Did you know that the B-18 Bolo was considered for use by the Army air corps for the Doolittle Raiders in 1942. Can you imagine how different history might have been had they used it and not the B-25's! Anyway I still like the old B-18 as it really represents a transition bomber from the Bi-planes to mono-planes for the 20's and 30's. Besides it has great lines.
10/27/2005 @ 13:11 [ref: 11585]
 Colin Macgregor Stevens
 Pitt Meadows, BC
Your B-18 certainly looks better than when I saw her many years ago at Pima. Back then she was parked "out back", had no wings, and had a bullet hole through the windscreen as I recall.

The B-18 was also used by the Royal Canadian Air Force (RCAF) in WWII and I have a photo that my father took of one in Newfoundland I believe about 1942.

An almost forgotten aircraft. I am delighted that a couple have been preserved.
09/06/2002 @ 12:38 [ref: 5630]


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