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Vultee TBY Sea Wolf

Vultee TBY Sea Wolf

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Vultee TBY Sea Wolf

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 Consolidated TBY Sea Wolf was a United States Navy torpedo bomber of World War II. A competitor and contemporary to the Grumman TBF Avenger,

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The Consolidated TBY Sea Wolf was a United States Navy torpedo bomber of World War II. A competitor and contemporary to the Grumman TBF Avenger, the Sea Wolf was subject to substantial delays and never saw combat; only 180 of the type were built before cancellation after VJ Day.

Design and development

The original design was not by Consolidated Aircraft, but rather by Vought, who designed the then XTBU-1 Sea Wolf to a 1939 US Navy requirement. The first prototype flew two weeks after Pearl Harbor. Its performance was deemed superior to the Avenger and the Navy placed an order for 1,000 examples.

RoleTorpedo bomber
National originUnited States
ManufacturerConsolidated Aircraft
Design groupVought
First flight22 December 1941
Primary userUnited States Navy
Number built180
VariantsVought V-326




XTBU-1 Sea Wolf
Prototype three-seat torpedo bomber powered by a R-2800-22 engine, one built.
TBY-1 Sea Wolf
Production variant of the XTBU-1, not built.
TBY-2 Sea Wolf
TBY-1 with an additional radar pod mounted under starboard-wing, 180 built, a further 920 were cancelled.
TBY-3 Sea Wolf
Improved variant, order for 600 cancelled, not built.

General characteristics

  • Crew: 3
  • Length: 39 ft 2 in (11.94 m)
  • Wingspan: 56 ft 11 in (17.35 m)
  • Height: 15 ft 6 in (4.72 m)
  • Wing area: 440 sq ft (41 m2)
  • Airfoil: root: NACA 23018; tip: NACA 23010[4]
  • Empty weight: 11,636 lb (5,278 kg)
  • Max takeoff weight: 18,940 lb (8,591 kg)
  • Powerplant: 1 × Pratt & Whitney R-2800-22 Double Wasp 18-cylinder air-cooled radial piston engine, 2,100 hp (1,600 kW)



  • Maximum speed: 312 mph (502 km/h, 271 kn) at 17,700 ft (5,395 m)
  • Cruise speed: 156 mph (251 km/h, 136 kn)
  • Combat range: 1,025 mi (1,650 km, 891 nmi) with one torpedo
  • Service ceiling: 29,400 ft (9,000 m)
  • Rate of climb: 1,770 ft/min (9.0 m/s)



  • Guns:
  • Bombs:
  • Up to 2,000 lb (910 kg) of bombs or one torpedo

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