TYPE; Carrier-borne dive/torpedo-bomber
ACCOMMODATION: Pilot only
POWER PLANT: One Wright R-3350 Cyclone 18, rated at 2,500 hp
PERFORMANCE: 322 mph at 18,00 ft
COMMENT: The piston-engined Douglas BT2D-1 Skyraider, originally named “Destroyer II”, was designed during World War II to meet US Navy requirements for a carrier-based single-seat, long-range, high performance dive/torpedo bomber, to follow-on from earlier types such as the Curtiss SB2C Helldiver and Grumman TBF-1 Avenger. Several prototypes were ordered on 6. July 1944 as the XBT2D-1. The XBT2D-1 made its first flight on 18 March 1945 and was too late for service in WW II. A month later the Navy ordered 548 production examples to be designated AD-1 Skyraider in the new “attack” category. A total of 3,180 aircraft have been produced.