The Lockheed Hudson was the first American aircraft to be used operationally by the RAF during World War II. It was designed to meet a British requirement for a martime patrol/navigational trainer aircraft. The first 200 aircraft arrived in England in February 1939, with about 1500 total procured before introduction of the Lend-Lease program. In USAAF service the various versions served as troop transports, bomber crew trainers, photo-reconnaissance aircraft, anti-submarine patrol aircraft, trainers for ai r gunners, and as a target tug. Twenty examples were used by the U.S. Navy as maritime patrol aircraft under the designation PBO-1.
In all, 2941 Hudsons were built, and many remained in service in a secondary role until the end of the war.
|| 19.96 m ( 65ft 6 in)
||51.19 m2 (551 ft2)
||13.51 m ( 44ft 4 in)
||3.63 m (11 ft 11 in)
|2 X Wright R-1820-87 Cyclone 9 radial
||5,817 kg (12,825 lb)
||9,299 kg (20,500 lb)
|Maximum speed at altitude 4,572 m (15,000 ft)
||407 km/h (253 mph)
||330 km/h (205 mph)
||8,075 m (26,000 ft)
|5x7.7 mm (.303 in) machine gun, Bombs