Air Enthusiast 2000-03
K.Wixey - "Flying Fuel Cans'
Chesapeake I AL936, of which 50 were allocated to Britain's Royal Navy, with four wing guns, 'Anglicised' arrester gear and radio. A Douglas Boston for RAF service stands in the background.
The prototype Vought-Sikorsky XSB2U-1 (BuNo 9725) on an early test flight in 1936.
Good underside view of an SB2U-1 Vindicator during a landing approach, showing to advantage wheel wells and flaps. BuNo 0773 was allotted to Commander USS Ranger Air Group, circa 1938-1940.
First production SB2U-2 (BuNo 1326), US Navy, with auxiliary fuel tank beneath fuselage
A Vought SB2U-1 Vindicator on display via suspension from a hangar roof at the 1939 New York World's Air Fair.
Against a mountain backdrop a trio of Vought SB2U-1S (BuNos 0739, 0740 and 0741) from US Navy Squadron VB-3 'High Hats' assigned to the carrier USS 'Saratoga'.
A V-156 Vindicator transferred to Britain's Royal Navy as a V-156B1, Chesapeake I. Note bomb crutch below fuselage.
Resplendent in its special paint scheme, the Vought V-156 export model on display at the French Aviation Exhibition of 1938, where it aroused much interest
An SB2U-2 Vindicator from VS-41 (USS Ranger) in 1941.
VOUGHT SCOUT BOMBER MONOPLANES of V-B-3 Squadron, U.S. Navy. These machines can be used as dive bombers with a 500lb. or a 1.000lb. bomb.
Another view of three SB2U-1s of Section Five, VB-3 (High Hats), all carrying auxiliary tanks
First production Vought SB2U-1s await delivery to US Navy units, nearest machine being BuNo 0726. Note that the majority have auxiliary fuel tanks beneath fuselage
The SB2U-3 featured armour protection for the crew, guns of larger calibre and extra fuel. This particular machine served with US Navy Squadron VS-1, although most went to US Marine Corps units.
Formation of Royal Navy Chesapeake Is, the nearest being AL924 'K'. The type flew mostly with second line training units, a number being allocated to 811 Squadron at Lee-on-Solent. Note, centreline bomb crutch and underwing bomb racks
A US Marine Corps SB2U-3, a number of which flew with VMSB-131 and VMSB-231 at the Battle of Midway
Vought SB2U-3 Vindicator
Vought SB2U-1 BuNo 0773 in the colours of the Commander USS Ranger Air Group, 1938.
Main competitor to Vought’s XSB2U-1 was the Brewster XSBA-1.
The XSBA scout bomber was Brewster's first design and in several respects resembled its XF2A-1 single-seat fighter.
First production Vought SBU-1 (BuNo 9750) with fixed landing gear, from which was developed the similar XSB3U-1 with retractable gear, planned as a safeguard against failure of the XSB2U-1 monoplane
Unsuccessful competitor to Vought's SB2U, the Brewster SB2A-1 Buccaneer