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Douglas SBD Dauntless
(Dive Bomber)


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dive bomber
two
Wright R1820-60
1,200 h.p.
6,520 lbs.
10,700 lbs.
2,250 lbs.
4 x .50 cal.
33 ft. 1 in.
41 ft. 6 in.
185 mph
255 mph
1,500 fpm
25,500 feet
1,565 miles
7/22/1935
1940






Douglas SBD Dauntless
Douglas SBD Dauntless
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The Douglas SBD Dauntless is considered by many to be the most successful U.S. dive bomber of WW II. It originated as a modification to a light attack bomber, already in production. SBD stands for Scout Bomber Douglas.

A Douglas SBD Dauntless prototype first flew on July 22, 1935, designated XBT-1. After undergoing successful test flights, the U.S. Navy ordered 54 of the aircraft, redesignated BT-1.

The first production aircraft were equipped with an 825 h.p. Wright radial engine. When a 1,000 h.p. Wright engine was fitted to the aircraft, it was designated BT-2. Other modifications and improvements were made to the aircraft, and in August of 1937 it was redesignated XSBD-1.

A total of 57 Douglas SBD Dauntless aircraft were deployed by the U.S.M.C. in June of 1940, designated SBD-1. In July of 1940, the U.S. Navy contracted with Douglas for 82 SBD Dauntless aircraft. These had additional fuel capacity, autopilots, and additional armor for their cockpits. They were designated SBD-2.

Improvements continued on the aircraft, with the next version designated the SBD-3. The U.S. Navy ordered 400 of the aircraft in June of 1941. By the end of that year, Douglas SBD Dauntless aircraft were the primary dive bombing aircraft on U.S. Navy Pacific based aircraft carriers.

At the start of 1942, after the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, Douglas SBD Dauntless aircraft were deployed on the U.S. aircraft carriers Lexington and Yorktown. The dive bombers were sent on numerous missions against Japanese shipping and shore fortifications leading up to the battle of the Coral Sea in May of 1942. During the battle, Dauntless aircraft were credited with hits on the Japanese aircraft carrier Shoho, leading to its sinking. They also damaged the aircraft carrier Shokaku.

In June of 1942, during the battle of Midway, Douglas SBD Dauntless aircraft from the U.S. aircraft carriers Enterprise, Hornet, and Yorktown sank the Japanese aircraft carriers Akagi, Kaga, and Soryu. The carrier Hiryu was so badly damaged that it was eventually scuttled.

Dauntless aircraft were deployed for the first time, equipped with radar and radio navigation, in October of 1942. Shortly thereafter, SBD-5 versions of the aircraft were deployed. These had 1,200 h.p. engines. The last version of the Dauntless, produced as WW II was drawing to an end, designated SBD-6, had a 1,350 h.p. engine.

Over 5,900 Douglas SBD Dauntless aircraft of all types were produced.



Douglas SBD Dauntless
Douglas SBD Dauntless

The Texas RC Planes Douglas SBD Dauntless has a 100" wingspan and is 80" long. It has a glass fibre fuselage, built up wooden wings, retractable landing gear, and working dive flaps. It can be powered with from 59 cc to 101 cc engines and weighs about 42 lbs.


Douglas SBD Dauntless
Douglas SBD Dauntless

Windrider's rc Douglas SBD Dauntless has a wingspan of 42" and is 33" long.  It is a foamy ARF that needs a 1100 kV motor for power. Weight is around 3 lbs.


Douglas SBD Dauntless
Douglas SBD Dauntless

The rc Douglas SBD Dauntless, pictured above, built from plans from Jerry Bates, has a wingspan of 85", weighs around 23 lbs. and can be powered by G45 or ST 3250 engines.

Jerry Bates has plans for a rc Dauntless with a 100" wingspan. It weighs around 38 lbs. and needs from 3.7 to 5.2 engines for power.



Douglas SBD Dauntless
Douglas SBD Dauntless

The rc Douglas SBD Dauntless from a kit by Skyshark RC has a 55" wingspan and is 44" long. Engines can be from .45 to .61 two stroke or .61 to .91 four stroke. Weight is about 6 lbs. The kit appears to have been discontinued.


Douglas SBD Dauntless
Douglas SBD Dauntless

The nice looking rc Douglas SBD Dauntless built from a short kit by Pat's Custom Models has a wingspan of 30" and is 25" long with a weight of about 10 1/2 oz


Douglas SBD Dauntless
Douglas SBD Dauntless

Pictured just above is Jim Greenly and his rc Douglas SBD Dauntless from enlarged plans by Nick Ziroli. It has a 10 foot wingspan and weighs around 49 3/4 lbs.


Douglas SBD Dauntless
Douglas SBD Dauntless

The Douglas SBD Dauntless from Ever Soaring Models - ESM has a wingspan of 71" and is 55" long. Power can be from a 1.08 two stroke or 1.20 four stroke engine. Weight is about 14 lbs.

Scale RC Models has Douglas SBD Dauntless plans in two sizes. The larger builds to a 96" wingspan and is 71.5" long for 3.7 - 5.2 engines.

Scale RC Models has plans for a smaller Douglas SBD Dauntless. This one has a 62" wingspan and is 46" long. It takes from .45 to .60 four stroke or .30 to .50 two stroke engines.

The AMA has Douglas SBD Dauntless plans from Modern Hooycraft Products. Wingspan is 40" and plan no. is 25703.

Guillows has a kit that has been converted to rc for a 31" wingspan Douglas SBD Dauntless. Weight is about 11 oz.

Troy Built Models has a rc Douglas SBD Dauntless. Its wingspan is 71" and length is 55". You can use a 1.08 two stroke or 1.20 four stroke engine to power it. Weight is around 13 3/4 lbs.

YT International has a Douglas SBD Dauntless with a 72" wingspan. It weighs about 12 1/2 lbs. and needs a 26 cc gas or 1.20 cid glow engine for power.

Cleveland has plans for the Douglas SBD Dauntless in wingspans of 15", 20", 30 1/2", 40 1/2", 61", 81" and 122".

Kit Cutters has a Douglas SBD Dauntless in a kit from SPPS. Its wingspan is 85".

Kit Cutters has two Douglas SBD Dauntless kits from Jerry Bates Plans. Wingspans of the models are 85" and 100".

Kit Cutters has the Douglas SBD Dauntless kit made from Nick Ziroli Plans with a wingspan of 100".

Thomas B of RC Universe posted about flying a rc Dauntless for the first time.

At RC Universe mmontella was looking for the best Douglas SBD Dauntless plans.

BS Smith of RC Universe started a thread about building a Douglas SBD Dauntless.

At RC Universe tailskid mentions the Douglas SBD Dauntless in a post.

UKWarbird Guy posted pictures and a description of his Douglas SBD Dauntless at RC Universe.

AKondor of RC Universe started a thread about his new Douglas SBD Dauntless.

HampdenTech of WattFlyer RC was looking for a Douglas SBD Dauntless for electric motor power.

At WattFlyer RC groundrushup started a thread about a new rc Dauntless.

At Wattflyer RC earaoz posted a link to his rc Dauntless video.

At Wattflyer RC rleed was looking for a smaller Douglas SBD Dauntless.

TomPierce.net has numerous pictures of the rc Dauntless. There are no descriptions of the models pictured.

Ripbud posted a video of the first flight of his rc Dauntless at YouTube.

At YouTube MingLou posted a video of his new rc Dauntless.

Rekitter of RC Groups posted pictures and a description of his Douglas SBD Dauntless.

At RC Groups ford f47 was looking for a Douglas SBD Dauntless.

Robert Stinson posted a video and description of his Douglas SBD Dauntless at RC Groups.

At RC Groups jhspring started a thread about building a Douglas SBD Dauntless.

At RC Groups eflightray started a Douglas SBD Dauntless build thread.

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