Douglas A-24 Banshee Dive Bomber Plane
The Douglas A-24 Banshee was a WW2 USAAF dive bomber heavily based on the US Navy's Douglas SBD Dauntless dive bomber. When the Banshee was introduced operationally in 1940, it proved to have an unacceptable rate of attrition in action to enemy fighters and had to be transferred to a training role in early 1942, it's dive bomber role was taken over by more suitable aircraft such as the P-47 Thunderbolt fighter bomber. A total of 5,936 Douglas A-24 Banshees were produced and it is of note that some remained operational with the Mexican air-force until 1959.
|Douglas SBD Dauntless Specifications: |
- Crew: Two
- Length: 33 ft 1 in (10.08 m)
- Wingspan: 41 ft 6 in (12.65 m)
- Height: 13 ft 7 in (4.14 m)
- Empty weight: 6,404 lb (2,905 kg)
- Loaded weight: 10,676 lb (4,843 kg)
- Max takeoff weight: 10,700 lb (4,853 kg)
- Engine: Single 1,200 hp (895 kW) Wright R-1820-60 radial engine
- Maximum speed: 255 mph (410 km/h)
- Range: 773 mi (1,240 km)
- Service ceiling: 25,530 ft (7,780 m)
- Rate of climb: 1,700 ft/min (8.6 m/s)
Douglas SBD Dauntless Armament:
- Twin 0.50 cal (12.7 mm) nose mounted Browning M2 machine guns firing through the propeller arc
- Single 0.30 cal (7.62 mm) rear cockpit flexible-mounted Browning machine gun
- 2,250 lb (1,020 kg) of bombs
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