Lockheed Hudson Specs

The Hudson Bomber was a an emergency order made by Britain in 1938. It is based on the Lockheed Model 14 Super Electra and was redesigned in 5 days by the great Kelly Johnson of Skunkworks fame. The Hudson served first in the RAF, then in the RCAF, RAAF, RNZAF, USAAF, and the USN. With a total production run of 2,584 it came at just the right time and the right numbers. This bomber was primarily used for coastal patrols and sub hunting by the British. This aircraft was also a high performer for its day, with a 1,200 ft/min climb rate and a relatively high speed of 246 mph.

Even though the Hudson bomber was rushed into service, it proved to be a reliable defensive and offensive weapon for the British in the dark days of WWII. With out this aircraft many live and many tons of supplies would have been lost to the German U-Boats. It served the Allied forces well throughout the war and definately left its mark in history.

Specs for the Lockheed Hudson

Function:     Long-Range Maritime Patrol Bomber
Contractor:     Lockheed
Power Plant:     2 Wright GR-1820-G-102A of 1,100 hp each
Length:     44 ft 4 in
Height:     11 ft. 10 in.
Max Weight:     17,500 lbs loaded
Max Speed:     246 mph
Range:     1,960 miles
Armament:     Upto 7 7.7 mm machine guns and up to 1,400 lbs of bombs
Deployment Date:     1938