|Manufacturer||Vultee Aircraft Corporation|
|Primary Role||Dive Bomber|
|Maiden Flight||1 January 1939|
Contributor: C. Peter Chen
ww2dbaseA-31 Vengeance aircraft were built in the late 1930s by two American companies Vultee Corporation and Northrop Corporation. The two-seat dive bomber design was funded by private money, not as a response to a request from the United States military, because the intent for the final products was for foreign sales. France, Britain, Brazil, China, Turkey, and Russia purchased these dive bombers, though the French contract was never fulfilled due to German conquest. The British Royal Air Force used them mostly in Burma and India, some under the banner of the Royal Indian Air Force; they were soon discovered to be too weak to go up against Japanese fighters, therefore were relegated for training use. Between May 1942 and Apr 1943, 400 Vengeance aircraft were delivered to the Royal Australian Air Force, but they saw little combat. In late 1944, the British Fleet Air Arm received a shipment of Vengeance dive bombers, but did not use them on the front line. When production ceased, 1,528 units were built.
Last Major Revision: Mar 2007
|Machinery||One Wright Double Row Cyclone GR-2600-A5B-5 radial air-cooled engine rated at 1,700hp|
|Armament||4x7.7mm forward machine guns, 2x7.7mm rear machine guns, 2x500kg internal bombs, 2x250kg external bombs|
|Wing Area||30.84 mÂ²|
|Weight, Empty||4,672 kg|
|Weight, Maximum||7,439 kg|
|Speed, Maximum||450 km/h|
|Speed, Cruising||354 km/h|
|Service Ceiling||6,800 m|
|Range, Normal||3,701 km|
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