Douglas SBD Dauntless

Douglas SBD Dauntless
Douglas SBD Dauntless
The SBD belongs to a family that started in the early 1930s under the direction of Donovan Reese Berlin with the Northrop "Gamma 2C" (1933), YA-13 (1934), A-17 (1935), BT-1 (1936).
Northrop Corporation was dissolved in 1937 to become the "El Segundo" Division of Douglas; the Northrop XBT-2 prototype was then ordered in 1939 by the US Navy under its new designation: Douglas SBD.
A popular joke in the Navy was that SBD meant "Slow But Deadly". It means in fact "Scout Bomber by Douglas".


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Engine Wright R-1820-60, 9 cylinder radial engine 1,200 hp
Weight empty: 2,970 kg (6,550 lb) - with full load: 4,850 kg (10,690 lb)
Armament 2x 12.7 mm (.50 cal) machine guns above the cowling; 2x 7.7 mm (.30 cal) machine guns for the rear gunner
Ordnance One 455 kg (1,000 lb) bomb under the fuselage, and one 45 kg (100 lb) bomb under each wing.
Performance Max speed: 406 km/h (253 mph) Ceiling: 7,400 m (24,280 ft)

Stof's notes about this plane in iMOL's WarBirds

The opinions expressed below are only my own, and nothing more...
The SBD is fun to fly, if you have a decent fighter cover; for it's nearly defenseless against enemy fighters.

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