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Vultee A-35B Vengeance
|48'0" by 39'9" by
14.63m by 12.11m by 4.67m
| 279 mph at
449 km/h at 4115 meters
| 20 feet per second
| 22,000 feet
|One 1700hp (1268 kW) Wright R-2600-13 Cyclone 14-cylinder radial driving a three bladed propeller.|
|6 0.50 machine guns in wings|
|One 2000 lb (900 kg) bomb|
| 600 miles (970
2300 miles (3700 km) maximum
|A total of 1931 by Vultee and Northrop (Hawthorne):|
The Mk.I was
armed with four 0.303
wing machine guns and two 0.303 rear machine guns.
The Mk.II was armed with four 0.50 wing
machine guns and one 0.50 rear
Models prior to Mk.IV used a 1600 hp (1193 kW) R-2600-19 engine.
The Vultee Vengeance was built to British specifications, entering production in 1942. It was not a great design: Davenport Johnson described it as "a shining example of the waste of material, manpower, and time..." However, it saw some success in Burma.
The design team, led by Richard Palmer, received the
specification in July 1940, at a time when the capabilities of the dive
bomber as a ground support aircraft were inflated by the purported
successes of the German Ju-87
in Europe. By the time the
first prototype flew in July 1941, the limitations of the dive bomber
were already beginning to be recognized, and by the time production
aircraft began to be delivered in November 1942 the Vultee was already
regarded as obsolescent.
About 342 were allocated to the Australians in
1942-1944, who employed them in New
Guinea until Kenney, who was deeply skeptical of dive bombing, ordered the dive bombers out of his theater.
Most were converted to target tugs by the various air forces that received them.
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