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Douglas SBD Dauntless. Photo. Characteristics.
Douglas SBD Dauntless. Photo. Characteristics.

Douglas SBD Dauntless. Photo. Characteristics.



A type: single-engine dive bomber

Crew: two people

Aircraft SBD «Dontles» (Dauntless - Undaunted) has been a scourge for the Japanese Imperial Navy in the decisive years of the Pacific War. Almost 54 own SBD aircraft from aircraft carriers "Enterprise" and "Yorktown" won the battle of the central Midueyem 4 1942 year in June, destroying four Japanese aircraft carriers during 24 hours. Aircraft SBD 1942 years can trace their ancestry back to the competed designs created by talented engineers John Northrop and Ed Heinemann in the middle of 1930-ies.

The company "Northrop" has created aircraft Tu-1 for the US Navy in the spring of 1938 years. Its revolutionary design with all-metal bearing skin showed a margin of safety that made the aircraft an ideal candidate for conversion into a dive bomber. By the time the Tu-1 was transformed into the plane Tu-2, the company "Northrop" acquired company "Douglas", so the aircraft was redesignated SBD-1. Production aircraft began arriving in the Marines in 1940 year, and by the spring of next year in operation has been characterized by a modification of SBD-3. This modification differs tested fuel tanks bulletproof windshield cockpit, armor protection, a souped-up engine and improved weapons.

It was built 584 airplane SBD-3, and it was precisely those machines that have become the main combat aircraft in the Pacific in 1942-1943 years. The US Air Force also acquired approximately 900 aircraft "Dontles", which were designated A-24. As a result, 5936 produced aircraft of all modifications SBD / A-24. Today, in the US state of airworthiness of the aircraft survived five SBD / A-24, and recently raised from the bottom of Lake Michigan a few glider aircraft may increase the number of flying machines in the future.

Basic data


  • Length: 10,96 m
  • Wingspan: 12,65 m
  • Height: 3,94 m


The weight:

  • BLANK: 2964 kg
  • Maximum take-off: 4318 kg


Aircraft performance characteristics:

  • Maximum speed: 410 km / h
  • Range: 1244 km


Power point: R-1820-66 «Cyclone» 9Company "Wright"

Power: 1350 l. from. (1007 kW)

Date of first flight:

  • July 1935 years (aircraft XBT-1)


The surviving airworthymodifications:

  • SBD-5 24A and A / V


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