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    Dive Bomber Aircraft

    Authored By Staff Writer | Last Updated: 12/1/2015

    For a period in aviation history, the Dive Bomber aircraft was the undisputed champion of precision bombing.





    There are a total of (43) Dive Bomber Aircraft in the Military Factory. Entries are listed below in alphanumeric order. Flag images indicative of country of origin.




    1944
    Aichi B7A Ryusei (Grace)
    The Aichi-produced B7A "Ryusei" (translated to "Shooting Star" and nicknamed "Grace" by the Allies) ... [Read More]
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    1940
    Aichi D3A (Val)
    The D3A series of aircraft (dubbed "Val" by the Allies) were thought to be all but extinct when the ... [Read More]
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    1944
    Aichi E16A Zuiun (Paul)
    The E16A Zuiun (translated into "Auspicious Cloud" and codenamed "Paul" by the Allies) was a dedicat... [Read More]
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    1943
    Arado Ar E.340
    Arado proposed the Ar E.340 for a German Air Ministry requirement during World War 2 calling for a t... [Read More]
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    1935
    Blohm and Voss Bv Ha 137
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    1943
    Blohm and Voss Bv P.192
    The German concern of Blohm & Voss (also Blohm und Voss) is largely remembered for their commitment ... [Read More]
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    1939
    Breguet Br.690 (Series)
    The multi-crew, twin-engined heavy fighter / ground attack aircraft truly came into its own during t... [Read More]
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    1943
    Brewster XA-32
    The United States Army Air Corps appreciated the tactical scope of the German Luftwaffe Junkers Ju 8... [Read More]
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    1941
    Brewster XSBA-1 / SBN-1
    The Brewster aviation concern managed some - albeit slow - headway on their XSBA/SBN carrier aircraf... [Read More]
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    1946
    Bristol Brigand
    In 1942, the British Air Ministry sought to replace its Bristol Beaufighter heavy fighter fleet with... [Read More]
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    1941
    CAC Woomera (A23)
    The CAC A23 "Woomera" was a short-lived dive bomber/torpedo bomber of Australian design during World... [Read More]
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    1943
    Curtiss SB2C Helldiver
    The Curtiss SB2C Helldiver was a rather unassuming dive bomber / reconnaissance aircraft serving thr... [Read More]
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    1938
    Curtiss SBC Helldiver
    In 1932, the United States Navy contracted the Curtiss-Wright Corporation to produce a modern, two-s... [Read More]
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    1941
    Dornier Do 217
    The Dornier Do 217 was a multi-role aircraft design for the German Luftwaffe during World War 2 (193... [Read More]
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    1941
    Douglas A-24 Banshee
    Prior to World War 2 (1939-1945), United States military aviation doctrine centered primarily on gai... [Read More]
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    1944
    Douglas BTD Destroyer
    The awkward-looking Douglas BTD Destroyer was developed by the Douglas Aircraft Company for use on A... [Read More]
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    1938
    Douglas SBD Dauntless
    The Douglas DBS Dauntless dive bomber was a key cog in the America Navy war effort throughout the Pa... [Read More]
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    1943
    Fairey Barracuda
    The Royal Navy Fleet Air Arm (FAA) attempted to replace its aging Fairey Swordfish biplane torpedo b... [Read More]
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    1945
    Fairey Spearfish
    Fairey Aviation, founded as early as 1915, had been designing, developing and building warplanes sin... [Read More]
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    1942
    Grumman TBF Avenger
    Destined never to win beauty contests, the Grumman TBF Avenger series of aircraft would go down as o... [Read More]
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    1936
    Henschel Hs 123
    The Henschel-produced Hs 123 aircraft became the last operational biplane for the German Luftwaffe d... [Read More]
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    1945
    Henschel Hs 132
    The Henschel Hs 132 was another in the long line of ambitious German jet-powered designs under devel... [Read More]
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    1943
    Junkers Ju 187
    Throughout the latter half of the 1930s and into the early 1940s, the Junkers Ju 87 "Stuka" dive bom... [Read More]
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    1937
    Junkers Ju 87 (StuKa - Sturzkampfflugzeug)
    Before the Allies would gain air superiority over the skies of France and Germany, the Junkers Ju 87... [Read More]
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    1939
    Junkers Ju 88
    The Junkers Ju 88 formed a third of the German Luftwaffe medium bomber triad of World War 2 (1939-19... [Read More]
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    1945
    Kaiser-Fleetwings XBTK
    The "escort carrier" was adopted by the United States Navy during World War 2 (1939-1945) to provide... [Read More]
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    1940
    Kawasaki Ki-48 Sokei (Lily)
    The Kawasaki Ki-48 proved itself a serviceable twin-engine light bomber mount for the Japanese milit... [Read More]
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    1938
    Latecoere 298
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    1945
    Lippisch Gleiter Bombenflugzeug (GB)
    Part of the German problem heading into the middle-to-later years of World War 2 (1939-1945) was the... [Read More]
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    1939
    Loire-Nieuport LN.401/LN.411 (LN.40)
    The Loire-Nieuport LN.40/LN.401 series of aircraft was a carrier-based dive bomber developed for the... [Read More]
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    1954
    Martin B-57 Canberra
    When the United States committed to participation in the Korean War (1950-1953), it pressed into ser... [Read More]
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    1943
    Messerschmitt Me 210
    The twin-engined heavy fighter saw its battlefield usefulness realized during World War 2 where desi... [Read More]
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    1938
    Mitsubishi Ki-30 (Ann)
    Mitsubishi played a prominent role as a primary defense contractor for the Empire of Japan during Wo... [Read More]
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    1940
    Mitsubishi Ki-51 (Sonia)
    Mitsubishi lent its considerable development and production talents to more than just "Zeroes" durin... [Read More]
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    1943
    North American A-36 Apache (Invader)
    The A-36 Apache was a United States Army version of the successful North American P-51 Mustang pisto... [Read More]
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    1941
    Petlyakov Pe-2 (Pawn)
    During World War 2 (1939-1945), the Soviets lacked a heavy bomber stable when compared to the Britis... [Read More]
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    1944
    Saab B18
    The nation of Sweden maintained a neutral stance during World War 2 (1939-1945) but was not blind to... [Read More]
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    1942
    Tupolev Tu-2 (Bat)
    Russian aviation engineer Andrei Tupolev would lend his surname to a plethora of Soviet-era aircraft... [Read More]
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    1937
    Vought SB2U Vindicator
    The Vought SB2U "Vindicator" became the first monoplane dive bomber adopted by the United States Nav... [Read More]
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    1941
    Vultee A-35 Vengeance
    The A-35 Vengeance was a dive bomber produced by the Vultee Aircraft Company and resulted in over a ... [Read More]
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    1944
    Vultee XA-41
    It was during September of 1942 that the United States Army commissioned the Vultee Aircraft concern... [Read More]
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    1942
    Yokosuka D4Y Suisei (Judy)
    The Yokosuka D4Y Suisei (translating to "Comet" and nicknamed "Judy" by the Allies) was a capable di... [Read More]
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    1944
    Yokosuka P1Y1 Ginga (Frances)
    The twin-engine combat platform proved popular with the forces of the Japanese Empire during World W... [Read More]
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