The United States played a significant role in the Second World War when they entered the chaos. They supplied the Allies with soldiers, weapons, and supplies. More importantly, the country largely contributed bombers and fighter planes that soared through the sky. Japan should’ve taken the hint when they bombed Pearl Harbor, which housed battleships and aircraft, on December 7, 1941. Whenever we talk about the bombers of World War II, we usually think of the legendary Boeing B-17 Flying Fortress, the North American B-25 Mitchell, or maybe the Boeing B-29 Superfortress but rarely of the B-32 Dominator. Here’s why.

A Fallback

The Consolidated B-32 Dominator was developed by Consolidated Aircraft Corporation, the company that produced the B-24 Liberator. It was created mainly as a fallback in case the B-29 Superfortress failed to meet the expectations. We now know that the B-29 would turn out to be the bomber aircraft that the military could ever dream of, making the B-32 unnecessary. Even so, the company still produced more than 100 B-32 Dominators deployed in 1945, becoming part of the final air battles of the US before World War II ended.

The Dominator’s development fell behind the Superfortress of Boeing. However, some of its many important measurements like speed and the number of crew needed to operate the aircraft were the same. It all boiled down to the pressurized fuselage of the B-29, enabling it to climb at high altitudes, while the B-32 was considered a low to medium altitude bomber only.

So, Consolidate and Boeing were racing to create a fully pressurized, streamlined, and massive heavy bomber that could effectively soar in the skies of Germany or maybe even Tokyo.