Specifications for the
Douglas SBD Dauntless
Carrier-Borne Dive Bomber
Focus Model: Douglas SBD-5 Dauntless
Country of Origin: United States
Manufacturer: Douglas Aircraft Corporation - USA
Initial Year of Service: 1938
Length: 33.10 ft (10.09 m)
Width: 41.54 ft (12.66 m)
Height: 13.58ft (4.14 m)
Weight (Empty): 6,404 lb (2,905 kg)
Weight (MTOW): 10,699 lb (4,853 kg)
Powerplant: 1 x Wright R-1820-60 Cyclone air-cooled radial piston engine developing 1,200 horsepower.
Maximum Speed: 255 mph (410 kmh; 221 kts)
Maximum Range: 1,115 miles (1,795 km)
Service Ceiling: 25,525 ft (7,780 m; 4.8 miles)
Rate-of-Climb: 1,700 feet-per-minute (518 m/min)
2 x 12.7mm machine guns fixed in wings
2 x 7.62mm machine guns trainable in rear cockpit position.
Up to 2,250lbs of bombs or depth charges held externally.
XBT-1 - Initial Prototype
XBT-2 - Single Example Prototype fitted with 1,000hp Wright R-1820-32 Cyclone engine.
XSBD-1 - 1937 Redesignation of XBT series models; improved landing gear systems and vertical tail fin.
BT-1 - Initial Northrop Prototype Model Designation on which the SBD was based on.
SBD-1 - Armed with 2 x fixed 7.62mm machine guns and 1 x trainable 7.62mm machine gun; 57 produced.
SBD-2 - Increased fuel capacity; revised weaponry; 87 produced.
SBD-3 - Fitted with Wright R-1820-52 powerplant; 584 produced; bulletproof windscreen; self-sealing fuel tanks; increased armor protection for crew; increased fuel capacity; fitted with 2 x 12.7mm machine guns and 2 x trainable 7.62mm machine guns.
SBD-4 - Improved electronics; 780 produced.
SBD-5 - Fitted with 1,200hp Wright R-1820-60 powerplant; increased ammunition capacity; 3,025 produced.
SBD-6 - Fitted with Wright R-1820-66 powerplant; increased fuel capacity; improved throughout; final main SBD production version.
SBD-1P - Photographic reconnaissance model.
SBD-2P - Photographic reconnaissance model.
SBD-3P - Photographic reconnaissance model.
A-24 "Banshee" - USAAF version of the SBD-3
A-24A "Banshee" - USAAF Army version of the SBD-4
A-24B "Banshee" - USAAF Army version of the SBD-5
DB.Mk I - Fleet Air Arm (FAA - Britain) variant based on the SBD-5.
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