Vought SB2U Vindicator

Vought SB2U Vindicator

May 23, 2018 PE Matt 0

In 1934 the US Navy invited bids for a new carrier-based scout bomber, and received no less than six competing designs. Four of these would be ordered into production – Curtiss’ upgraded SBC-3 biplane, the […]

Douglas SBD Dauntless

May 25, 2016 PE Matt 0

In 1934 the US Navy ran several design competitions for new aircraft, among them one for a two-seat scout bomber. The entrants were the Brewster XSBA, the Vought XSB2U and the Northrop XBT, which eventually […]

Aichi D3A

Aichi D3A Type 99 “Val”

August 6, 2015 PE Matt 0

The Imperial Japanese Navy’s 11-Shi requirements for new aircraft, issued in 1936, included a request for a monoplane dive bomber to replace the biplane D1A. Both Nakajima and Aichi produced designs but it was the […]

Aichi D1A Type 94/96 “Susie”

February 20, 2015 PE Matt 0

The IJN had watched the development of British and American dive-bombers during the interwar period with some interest. Determined to procure their own aircraft of this type, the navy approached the Aichi aircraft company, who […]