Douglas SBD Dauntless
The SBD Dauntless (SBD means Scout Bomber Douglas) was a dive bomber made by Douglas Aircraft Company (now Boeing) during World War II. It first flew in 1940 and was introduced the same year. It was made from the Northrop BT. The Dauntless's first bombing in the war happened on December 10, 1941. The target was a Japanese submarine.
|SBD Dauntless |
|A U.S. Navy SBD releasing a bomb. Note the extended dive brakes on the trailing edges.|
|National origin||United States|
|First flight||1 May 1940|
|Primary users||United States Navy|
United States Marine Corps
United States Army Air Forces
Free French Air Force
Royal New Zealand Air Force
|Developed from||Northrop BT|
In the War, the Dauntless was used to take off aircraft carriers and attack enemy ships and submarines. The SBD-5 (5th version) could go 255 miles per hour (410 kilometers per hour), and it had a Wright R-1820-60 Cyclone air-cooled radial piston engine with 1,200 horsepower. It had two 12.7 mm and two 7.62 mm machine guns and it could carry one bomb or torpedo. It weighed around 6,404 pounds (2,905 kilograms) to 10,699 pounds (4,853 kilograms). It could fly for 1,115 miles (1,795 kilometers) without running out of fuel. It could go as high as 25,525 feet (7,780 meters) above the ground.
The Dauntless was retired in the late 1940s.