Vultee Vengeance (A-35, A-31)
Designed under the designation V-72, this aircraft was built by
Vultee in the USA. In USAAF service, it had the designation of
the "Vultee Vibrator" by crews, it had a tendency to overheat and had an insufficient
bomb load, range and cruising speed. It often had problems with overheating in tropical areas.
Lend Lease To RAF and RAAF
This dive bomber was exported as part of lend-lease
to the Commonwealth including the Royal Air Force (RAF) in Burma with the designation
A-31. Also the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) who used it in New Guinea, with designation DB-72.
Crew Two (pilot, observer)
Engine Wright R-2600-13
Length 39' 9"
Maximum Speed 275 mph (239 knots, 443 km/h) at 11,000' / 3,350m
Range 1,400 miles
4 or 6 .50 caliber machine guns (rear) 1 x .50 caliber machine gun
Bomb load 2,000
lbs (two 500 lb. internal and two 500 lb. bombs on external wing