SBD-3 DAUNTLESS - USS LEXINGTON Museum on the bay in Corpus Christi, Texas
This particular SBD Dauntless was resurrected from the depths of Lake Michigan where it crashed on 24 July 1943 during aircraft carrier qualifications. The pilot, Major Edward Harold Drake, USMC, survived the accident with only multiple contusions of the head and face.
- Wingspan: 41’ 6”
- Length: 32’ 8”
- Gross Weight: 10,400 lbs.
- Power Plant: Wright C Clone R-1820-52 9 cylinder, Radial Air Cooled, 1000HP
- Armament: 2 .5 cal. Machine guns, 2 .3 cal. Machine guns, 1,200 lbs. of bombs
- Max Speed: 250 mph
- Range: 1,345 miles
- Service Ceiling: 27,100 ft.
- Crew: 2
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