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Vought SB2U Vindicator details

5 June 2019

 

The cockpit of the Vought SB2U Vindicator in the National Naval Aviation Museum—©2019 Joseph May/SlipstreamPhotography

The rear gunner’s position and note the fabric covering of the rear fuselage—©2019 Joseph May/SlipstreamPhotography

The National Naval Aviation Museum possesses the rare existing example of the SB2U Vindicator which was pulled from the bottom of Lake Michigan by A and T Recovery. The Vindicator was the U.S. Navy’s first purpose built dive bomber aircraft as well as monoplane. Interestingly, the constant-speed propeller was utilized as a dive brake, but without actual panels the dive bombing angles were limited to more of a glide bombing attack profile which sped its ultimate out-dated fate so quickly after initial flight of only three years.

Read about the SB2U in this web page and take the SB2U’s virtual cockpit tour—and read of the Vindicator in this previous post.

 

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