The North American Aviation B-45 was one of America’s first operational bombers to employ jet propulsion. Designed during 1944 and 1945, the straight-wing Tornado was the first jet bomber in service with the U.S. Air Force and was the first four-jet aircraft to fly in the United States.
Other versions include the longer range B-45C with wingtip tanks and the photoreconnaissance version, the RB-45C.
Rated as a light bomber by modern-day standards, it was the first four-jet aircraft to drop an atom bomb and the first to be refueled in midair.
|First flight||March 17, 1947|
|Length||75 feet 11 inches|
|Gross weight||82,600 pounds|
|Power plant||Four General Electric J47A jet engines with water injection. First 22 produced with Allison J35 engines.|
|Speed||575 mph class|
|Service ceiling||Over 45,000 feet|
|Armament||Two .50-caliber machine guns|
|Payload||More than 20,000 pounds|