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Vought SB2U Vindicator

Vought SB2U Vindicator

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Chance Vought

The Vought SB2U Vindicator is an American carrier-based dive bomber developed for the United States Navy in the 1930s

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The Vought SB2U Vindicator is an American carrier-based dive bomber developed for the United States Navy in the 1930s, the first monoplane in this role. Vindicators still remained in service at the time of the Battle of Midway, but by 1943, all had been withdrawn to training units. It was known as the Chesapeake in Royal Navy service.

Operational History

In 1934, the United States Navy issued a requirement for a new Scout Bomber for carrier use, and received proposals from six manufacturers. The specification was issued in two parts, one for a monoplane, and one for a biplane. Vought submitted designs in both categories, which would become the XSB2U-1 and XSB3U-1 respectively. The biplane was considered alongside the monoplane design as a “hedge” against the U.S. Navy’s reluctance to pursue the modern configuration.[1]

RoleDive bomber
National originUnited States
First flight4 January 1936
Primary usersUnited States Navy
United States Marine Corps
French Navy
Royal Navy
Number built260

General characteristics

  • Crew: 2
  • Length: 33 ft 11 34 in (10.357 m)
  • Wingspan: 41 ft 10 78 in (12.773 m)
  • Height: 14 ft 3 in (4.34 m) (tail down, propeller vertical)
  • Wing area: 305.3 sq ft (28.36 m2)
  • Empty weight: 5,634 lb (2,556 kg)
  • Gross weight: 7,474 lb (3,390 kg)
  • Max takeoff weight: 9,421 lb (4,273 kg)
  • Fuel capacity: 370 US gal (310 imp gal; 1,400 L) internal fuel
  • Powerplant: 1 × Pratt & Whitney R-1535-02 Twin Wasp Jr 14-cylinder two-row air-cooled radial engine, 825 hp (615 kW) (take-off power) : 750 hp (560 kW) (continuous power)
  • Propellers: 2-bladed Hamilton Standard constant-speed propeller, 11 ft 0 in (3.35 m) diameter



  • Maximum speed: 211 kn (243 mph, 391 km/h) at 9,500 ft (2,900 m)
  • Cruise speed: 132 kn (152 mph, 245 km/h) (range cruise)
  • Range: 970 nmi (1,120 mi, 1,800 km) (main and wing center-section tanks only), 1,000 lb (450 kg) bombload
  • Ferry range: 2,130 nmi (2,450 mi, 3,940 km) (max internal and external fuel)
  • Service ceiling: 23,600 ft (7,200 m)
  • Rate of climb: 1,070 ft/min (5.4 m/s)
  • Time to altitude: 17.5 min to 15,000 ft (4,600 m)


Aircrafttoaal encyclopedia

The company was established on 10 December 1939 by the armament company Oerlikon-Bührle, and construction of a new production building started in March 1940. The company was formed to do maintenance and repairs for the Swiss Air Force, the first work of the new company was assembly of EKW C-35 reconnaissance biplanes from spare parts, and overhaul work on other types