Based on the Consolidated B-24 Liberator, the Navy sought its use as a very long range patrol bomber. The PB4Y-2 Privateer was a new design, adding a longer fuselage, a single tail and heavier armament. The Privateer’s carried 12 .50-caliber machine guns in six turrets, and could carry up to 12,800 pounds of bombs, mines or torpedoes. The PB4Y-1’s greatest contribution came as very long range patrol bombers operating on both sides of the Atlantic. By sacrificing some armor and adding fuel tanks, the maritime Liberators were able to cover the mid-Atlantic gap, where U-Boats were able to operate without fear of attacks from the air. The PB4Y-2 Privateer operated into the 1950s, including flying “Hurricane Hunter” missions, as well as night illumination missions during the Korean War.
This handcrafted model is painted in the same paint scheme as the original and is painstakingly built from Philippine mahogany by our skilled craftsmen. Perfect as a gift for any aviation enthusiast and history buff!