B – 45 TORNADO DATA
|SPEED:||575 mph class|
|SERVICE CEILING:||Over 45,000 feet|
|POWER PLANT:||Four General Electric J47A jet engines with water injection. First 22 produced with Allison J35 engines.|
|PAYLOAD:||More than 20,000 pounds|
|ARMAMENT:||Two .50-caliber machine guns|
|GROSS WEIGHT:||82,600 pounds|
The North American Aviation B-45 was one of America’s first operational bombers to employ jet propulsion and was the first four-jet aircraft to fly in the United States. Other versions include the longer-range B-45C with wing-tip tanks and the photo reconnaissance 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.