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TB2D Skypirate
XTB2D-1 prototype
Role Torpedo bomber
Manufacturer Douglas Aircraft Company
First flight 1945
Status Cancelled
Number built 2

The Douglas TB2D Skypirate (also known as the Devastator II) was a torpedo bomber intended for service with the United States Navy's Midway class aircraft carriers; they were too large for earlier decks. Two prototypes were completed, but the dedicated torpedo bomber was becoming an outdated concept and with the end of World War II, the type was no longer needed, resulting in the project's cancellation.

The TB2D was powered by a Pratt & Whitney R-4360 Wasp Major driving contra-rotating propellers. Four torpedoes could be carried on underwing pylons, or an equivalent bomb load. Defensive armament consisted of two 20 mm (.79 in) cannon in the wings and .50 in (12.7 mm) machine guns.

Very large for a single-engined aircraft, the TB2D would have been the largest piston-engined carrierborne plane at the time if it had been deployed. It could carry four times the weapon load of the TBF Avenger and was larger, heavier and faster than a B-25 Mitchell bomber.

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Specifications (TB2D Skypirate)

Data from McDonnell Douglas Aircraft since 1920 [1]

General characteristics

  • Crew: 3
  • Length: 46 ft 0 in (14.02 m)
  • Wingspan: 70 ft 0 in (21.34 m)
  • Height: 22 ft 7 in (6.88)
  • Wing area: 605 ft² (56.2 m²)
  • Empty weight: 18,405 lb (8,348 kg)
  • Loaded weight: 28,545 lb (12,948 kg)
  • Max takeoff weight: 34,760 lb (15,767 kg)
  • Powerplant:Pratt & Whitney R-4360-8 Wasp Major radial engine, 3,000 hp (2,238 kW)

Performance

Armament

  • Guns:
    • 4 × wing mounted .50 in (12.7 mm) machine guns
    • 2 × .50 in (12.7 mm) machine guns in dorsal turret
    • 1 × .50 in machine gun in ventral bath
  • Bombs: Up to 8,400 lb (3,810 kg) of bombs or four torpedoes

See also

Comparable aircraft

Related lists

References

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Notes

  1. ^ Francillon 1979, p. 379.

Bibliography

  • Francillon, René J. McDonnell Douglas Aircraft since 1920. London: Putnam, 1979. ISBN 0-370-00050-1.
  • Kowalski, Bob. Douglas XTB2D-1 Skypirate (Naval Fighters number Thirty-Six). Simi Valley, CA: Ginter Books, 1996. ISBN 0-942612-36-1.

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