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I was recently at the Museum for the reunion of the Douglas Aircraft Flight Test group. Had a tour with Knobby Walsh...great tour Knobby...after 17...
Thank you for a wonderful tour yesterday! You have created an amazing museum and we were so impressed with the employees genuineness. Looking forward to...
A state of the art low wing monoplane with multi-cellular wing. This revolutionary development allowed for no external wing braces or stays. Because multi-cellular wings could not fold, the SBD was made very compact.
New dive brakes with perforated flaps allowed for a high angle of dive with controlled speed. SBD’s carried a center mounted 1,000 lb. bomb on a trapeze that swung the bomb down and forward to clear the prop.
The most famous US Navy bomber of WWII, the SBD sank more tons of Japanese shipping than all other aircraft combined. Sinking the carrier Shoho and disabling the Shokaku during the Battle of Coral Sea stopped the Japanese from taking Port Moresby, New Guinea and advancing into the Pacific.
Prior to their attack on Midway, the Japanese believed the Yorktown was sunk along side the Lexington at Coral Sea and the Hornet and Enterprise were out of range. The Imperial Japanese Navy would never recover from the loss of four carriers sunk by SBD’s during the Battle of Midway.
Delivered: September 21, 1942
Feb 1943 - NAS Roosevelt & NAS Norfolk, VA
Feb 1943 - VS-9 and VB-9 USS Essex
Sept 1943 - Bombed Marcus Island
Nov 1943 - Rabaul, Tarawa, Gilbert Islands
Feb 1944 - Kwajalein, Marshall Islands and Truk Island
Mar 1944 - Saipan Marianas Islands
Stricken: Mar 30, 1944
First Produced: 1940
Powerplant: Wright R1820-52
Prop: Hamilton Std C/S
Service Ceiling: 26,700 ft.
Cruise: 150 mph
Top Speed: 245 mph
Range: 1,450 miles
Empty Weight: 6,360 lbs
Gross Weight: 10,480 lbs
Wing Span: 41’6”
Wing Area: 325 sq. ft.
Armament: (1) .50 cal machine
gun through prop, (2)
.30 cal flex mount in rear
cockpit, up to 2,250 lb of external
Number Built: 4,923 total
This SBD was used by the MGM Studios as a wind machine. Acquired and restored by Yanks in 1984.