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Modeling the Douglas TBD Devastator

17 September 2019

Until a TBD Devastator is recovered and restored a model is the only way to view this historic aircraft.

Highly detailed model of a Douglas TBD Devastator in the National Naval Aviation Museum—Joseph May/Slipstream Photography


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  1. Terry Welshans permalink
    17 September 2019 12:10

    This is a rather historic airplane. One of the first American monoplanes flying from a carrier and facing potential enemy ships and CAP fighters with superior performance and firepower. Torpedo bombers need cover to distract the ship’s gunners, a tactic that was not well understood at the time. Is there an underwater example that can be recovered?

  2. shortfinals permalink
    19 September 2019 10:03

    Terry is right; the Battle of Midway was the Devastator’s swansong, but at the time of its introduction, it represented a significant step forward. Unfortunately, fighter aircraft were evolving even more rapidly.

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