The Douglas SBD Dauntless is 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 United States Navy's main carrier-based scout/dive bomber from mid-1940 through mid-1944. The SBD was also flown by the United States 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. The type earned its nickname "Slow But Deadly" (from its SBD initials) during this period.
SBD is also famous for sinking the largest number of Japanese vessels among Allied aircraft. In sea battles such as the Battle of the Bohai Sea and the Midway Sea, almost all Japanese aircraft carriers were dismissed and sometimes used as naval fighters or attack aircraft belonging to the army.
AG1...extending arresting hook
AG2...release bomb (The bomb rack arm will be swung down.)
Brake...use dive brake
- Horse Power/Weight Ratio 0.148
- Wing Loading 28.0lbs/ft2 (136.6kg/m2)
- Wing Area 336.8ft2 (31.3m2)
- Drag Points 5213
- Number of Parts 123
- Control Surfaces 5