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This Day in Aviation History
April 8th, 1943
First flight of the Douglas BTD Destroyer.
 
The Douglas BTD Destroyer was an American dive bomber developed for the United States Navy during World War II.
 
On 20 June 1941, the United States Navy placed an order with the Douglas Aircraft Company for two prototypes of a new two-seat dive bomber to replace both the Douglas SBD Dauntless and the new Curtiss SB2C Helldiver, designated XSB2D-1. The resulting aircraft, designed by a team led by Ed Heinemann, was a large single-engined mid-winged monoplane. It had a laminar flow gull-wing, and unusually for a carrier-based aircraft of the time, a tricycle undercarriage. It was fitted with a bomb bay and underwing racks for up to 4,200 lb (1,900 kg), while defensive armament consisted of two wing-mounted 20 mm (0.79 in) cannon and two remote-controlled turrets, each with two .50 in (12.7 mm) machine guns......
 
Source:
Wikipedia, Douglas BTD Destroyer: http://gstv.us/1RThG8S
 
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