Lockheed AT-18

Last revised September 24, 2000


On May 8, 1942, the USAAF awarded Lockheed a contract (AC22346) for 300 advanced trainers. They were assigned the designation AT-18.

The AT-18-LO version was constructed as a gunnery trainer. It was powered by a pair of 1200-hp Wright R-1820-87 engines. The AT-18 was equipped with a Martin dorsal turret containing a pair of 0.50-inch machine guns. This turret was standard on most US wartime bombers. 217 AT-18s were built.

The AT-18A-LO version was an unarmed navigational trainer, with accommodation for pilot, instructor, and three students. 83 were built. It was also powered by the R-1820-87 engine.

USAAF serial numbers of AT-18s:

AT-18A-LO	USAAF		42-55485/55567
AT-18-LO	USAAF		42-55568/55784

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Sources:


  1. Lockheed's Made-Over Bomber, Freeman Westell, Wings, Vol 26, No. 6, p. 46 (1996).

  2. Lockheed Aircraft Since 1913, Rene J. Francillon, Naval Institute Press, 1987