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A-31/A-35 Vengeance

A-31/A-35 Vengeance

USA Aircraft

Vultee A-31/A-35 Vengeance

Vultee V-1 1933 25 /  / ultee V-11 1935 175-224
Vultee V-12 1939 / V-54, Vultee BT-13 Valiant 1939
V-48, Vultee P-66 Vanguard 1939 / Vultee V-72 Vengeance 1941 1,931
Vultee V-84 1943 2 Prototype / V-90, Vultee XA-41 1944 1 Prototype
Consolidated TBY Sea Wolf 1944 180 / Vultee XP-68 Tornado n/a 0

Vultee Consolidated (Convair)

The Vultee A-31 Vengeance was an American dive bomber of World War II, built by Vultee Aircraft. A modified version was designated A-35.

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The Vultee A-31 Vengeance was an American dive bomber of World War II, built by Vultee Aircraft. A modified version was designated A-35. The Vengeance was not used operationally by the United States, but was operated as a front-line aircraft by the British Royal Air Force, the Royal Australian Air Force, and the Indian Air Force in Southeast Asia and the Southwest Pacific. The A-31 remained in service with U.S. units until 1945, primarily in a target-tug role

Design and development

In 1940, Vultee Aircraft started the design of a single engined dive-bomber, the Vultee Model 72 (V-72) to meet the requirements of the French Armée de l’Air. The V-72 was built with private funds and was intended for sale to foreign markets. The V-72 was a low-wing, single-engine monoplane with a closed cockpit and a crew of two. An air-cooled radial Wright Twin Cyclone GR-2600-A5B-5 engine rated at 1,600 hp (1,200 kW) powered the V-72. It was armed with both fixed forward-firing and flexible-mounted .30 in (7.62 mm) machine guns in the rear cockpit. The aircraft also carried up to 1,500 lb (680 kg) of bombs in an interior bomb bay and on external wing racks.[

RoleDive bomber
National originUnited States
ManufacturerVultee Aircraft
First flight30 March 1941
RetiredApril 1948
Primary usersUnited States Army Air Force
Royal Air Force
Royal Australian Air Force
Indian Air Force
Number built1,931

 

General characteristics

  • Crew: 2 (pilot, navigator/gunner)
  • Length: 39 ft 9 in (12.12 m)
  • Wingspan: 48 ft 0 in (14.63 m)
  • Height: 15 ft 4 in (4.67 m)
  • Wing area: 332 sq ft (30.84 m2)
  • Empty weight: 9,725 lb (4,411 kg)
  • Max takeoff weight: 14,300 lb (6,486 kg)
  • Powerplant: 1 × Wright R-2600-A5B-5 Twin Cyclone 14 cylinder radial air-cooled engine, 1,600 hp (1,193 kW)

Performance

Performance

  • Maximum speed: 275 mph (443 km/h, 239 kn) at 11,000 ft (3,350 m)
  • Cruise speed: 235 mph (378 km/h, 204 kn)
  • Range: 1,400 mi (2,253 km, 1,220 nmi)
  • Service ceiling: 22,500 ft (6,860 m)
  • Wing loading: 43.1 lb/sq ft (210 kg/m2)
  • Power/mass: 0.11 hp/lb (0.18 kW/kg)

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