Douglas SBD Dauntless

ICAO aircraft code SBD
Manufacturer Douglas Aircraft Co.
Country United States

The Douglas SBD Dauntless is a World War II American naval scout plane and dive bomber that was manufactured by Douglas Aircraft from 1940 through 1944.

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Douglas SBD Dauntless Specifications

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General

ICAO aircraft code
SBD
Manufacturer
Douglas Aircraft Co.
Manufactured
1940 - 1944
Country
United States

Aircraft performance

Engine:
1x Wright R-1820-60 Cyclone
Piston
Power:
1,200 HP
Max Cruise Speed:
222 Kts
411 Km/h
Approach Speed (Vref):
66 Kts
Travel range:
1,360 Nm
2,519 Kilometers
Service Ceiling:
25,530 feet
Rate of Climb:
1700 feet / minute
8.64meter / second
Take Off Distance:
330 meter - 1,082.66 feet

Weight & dimensions

Max Take Off Weight:
4,853 Kg
10,699 lbs
Max Payload:
1,200 Kg
2,646 lbs
Fuel Tank Capacity:
260 gallon
984 liter

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About the Douglas SBD Dauntless

The Douglas SBD Dauntless is a World War II American naval scout plane and dive bomber that was manufactured by Douglas Aircraft from 1940 through 1944. The SBD (“Scout Bomber Douglas”) was the United States Navy’s main carrier-based scout/dive bomber from mid-1940 through mid-1944. The SBD was also flown by the United States Marine Corps, both from land air bases and aircraft carriers. The SBD is best remembered as the bomber that delivered the fatal blows to the Japanese carriers at the Battle of Midway in June 1942. The type earned its nickname “Slow But Deadly” (from its SBD initials) during this period.

During its combat service, the SBD proved to be an excellent naval scout plane and dive bomber. It possessed long range, good handling characteristics, maneuverability, potent bomb load, great diving characteristics from the perforated dive brakes, good defensive armament, and ruggedness. One land-based variant of the SBD – omitting the arrestor hook — was purpose-built for the U.S. Army Air Forces, as the A-24 Banshee.

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