Vultee A-31 Vengeance

Vultee A-31 Vengeance

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The Vultee A-31 Vengeance was an American dive bomber of World War II, built by Vultee Aircraft. The Vengeance was not used in combat by US units, however it served with the British Royal Air Force, the Royal Australian Air Force, and Indian Air Force in Southeast Asia and the Southwest Pacific.

The Vultee bomber remained in service, mainly in the target-tug role, until 1945.

Design and development

In 1940, Vultee Aircraft started the design of a single engined dive-bomber, the Vultee Model 72 (V-72) to meet the requirements of the French Armée de l'Air. The V-72 was built with private funds and was intended for sale to foreign markets. The V-72 was a low-wing, single-engine monoplane with a closed cockpit and a crew of two. An air-cooled radial Wright Double Row Cyclone GR-2600-A5B-5 engine rated at powered the V-72. It was armed with both fixed forward firing and flexible mounted machine guns in the rear cockpit. The aircraft also carried up to of bombs in an interior bomb bay and on external wing racks.

The Vengeance was uniquely designed to dive vertically rather than at an angle. To this end the it had a 0° angle of incidence on the wing to prevent the aircraft...
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