The SB2U was this company's first low-wing monoplane and, like the earlier SBU, was a scout/bomber. Night-flying and deck-landing arrester gear were provided. Power for the initial production version was a Pratt & Whitney R-1535-96 radial engine. The generally similar SB2U-2 version was followed by the SB2U-3, which also formed the basis for the V-156 export model; some of these were delivered to France and the remainder of the order to Britain as the Chesapeake. Unfortunately the Vindicator was not as successful as Vought's earlier biplanes and was soon relegated to a training role.
| ENGINE||1 x Pratt-Whitney R-1535-02 Twin Wasp Junior, 615kW|
| Take-off weight||4273 kg||9420 lb|
| Empty weight||2556 kg||5635 lb|
| Wingspan||12.8 m||42 ft 0 in|
| Length||10.36 m||34 ft 0 in|
| Height||3.12 m||10 ft 3 in|
| Wing area||28.33 m2||304.94 sq ft|
| Max. speed||390 km/h||242 mph|
| Ceiling||7195 m||23600 ft|
| Range||1800 km||1118 miles|
| ARMAMENT||2 x 12.7mm machine-guns, 450kg of bombs|
|A three-view drawing (1426 x 1140)|
260 built the last one surviving at the Naval Air Museum at Pensacola. It really is staggering how authorities everywhere are happy to take on junk like this!
|Al Meyer, 08.05.2012|
I have pictures of the V156 demonstrator sent to the Paris air show. Does anyone have a colored photo of this aircraft? I want to build a model of it and would like the color scheme
|Robert Maxwell, 20.10.2010|
The story is that pilots called them "Vibrators" or "Wind Indicators" because of the airplane's deficiencies.
|Bill Jensen, 25.05.2010|
Please tell me if it dived as steeply as the Dauntless.
|HOWARD FULLER, 27.01.2010|
We had these in VMSB-131, from about mid 1941 until we left fo the Southwest Pacific in about September of 1942 They were fine for long ange flying, but not suitable for combat, they were replaced with SBD's and shortly with TBF's 131 becoming the first Marine Torpedo Bombing Squadron in the Maruine Corps.
This thing will be best remembered as the airplane in the bluescreen background images during the aerial scenes of the movie "Midway".
|Marty Reddington, 28.03.2008|
This plane from what I understand underpowered. This was a definite handicap in the battle of Midway.
Do you have any comments about this aircraft ?