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Douglas SBD Dauntless
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WORLD WAR II
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From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
    The Douglas SBD Dauntless was 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 U.S. Navy's main carrier-borne scout plane and dive bomber from mid-1940 through mid-1944. The SBD was also flown by the U.S. 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.
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    During its combat service, the SBD was an excellent naval scout plane and dive bomber. It possessed long range, good handling characteristics, maneuverability, potent bomb load capacity, great diving characteristics, defensive armament and ruggedness. One land-based variant of the SBD — in omitting the arrestor hook — was purpose-built for the U.S. Army Air Forces, as the A-24 Banshee.

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An SBD-5 Dauntless is operated by the CAF Dixie Wing,
based in Peachtree City, Georgia, just south of Atlanta.

Statistics for the SBD-5


  • Crew: Two
  • Length: 33 ft 1 1/4 in
  • Wingspan: 41 ft 6 in
  • Empty weight: 6,404 lb
  • Loaded weight: 9,359 lb
  • Powerplant: One Wight R-1820-60 radial engine, producing 1,200 hp
  • Maximum speed: 255 mph
  • Range: 1,115 mi
  • Service ceiling: 25,530 ft
  • Guns: Two .50 caliber forward-firing synchronized Browning M2 machine guns in engine cowling,
    Two .30 caliber flexible-mounted Brownikng machine guns in rear
  • Bombs: 2,250 lb of bombs
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