Douglas XSB2D-1 & BTD-1 Destroyer (Naval Fighters 30)
By Bob Kowalski, Steve Ginter, Douglas Aircraft, Harry Gann
Publisher: Naval Fighters 1995 48 Pages
PDF 45 MB
Bob Kowalski continues the saga of the Bomber Torpedo (BT) program and the similar Scout Bomber (SB) program with the obscure story of the Douglas XSB2D-1 and BTD-1 "Destroyer". The story started in Naval Fighters Number Twenty-Four, Martin AM-1/-1Q Mauler. It is our intention to cover all the other unique and interesting aircraft fostered by these programs in future issues of Naval Fighters. These include the Kaiser-Fleetwings XBTK-1, Curtis-Wright XBTC-2 and XBT2C-1, and the Douglas XTB2D-1 "Sky Pirate".
This book would not have been possible without the generous support of Harry Gann and Douglas Aircraft Division from which most material for this book was obtained.
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The United States was still at peace when the Navy issued a requirement for a design to serve with the fleet as both a successor to the SBD, which would be nearing obsolescence, and as a possible replacement for the SB2C, which was undergoing what can charitably be called a prolonged preoperational development period. To meet this requirement, two prototypes of the XSB2D-1 (BuNos 03551 and 03552) were ordered by the Navy on 30 June 1941. Other aircraft manufacturers also were involved in meeting these requirements: Curtiss was awarded a contract for two prototype XSB3C-1 airplanes (BuNos 03743 and 03744) and the Brewster Aeronautical Corporation had a similar naval scout bomber, their Design Project P-37.