Competing against the Grumman Corp. to provide a replacement for the Douglas TBD Devastator torpedo plane for the U.S. Navy, the Vought Sea Wolf was proved to be considerably superior to the TBF Avenger. Like the Avenger, it had a long internal torpedo bay and a revolving dorsal turret for a rear-facing gunner. Despite a U.S. Navy decision to procure the type without delay, Vought was unable to produce enough aircraft from its limited capacity. This led to a contract being awarded to Consolidated Aircraft for 1,100 TBY-2 Sea Wolfs, though VJ-Day cancellations resulted in only 180 examples being made. None of these saw operational use, however.
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Vought TBU / Consolidated TBY Sea Wolf
Type: Torpedo Bomber Crew: 3 (pilot, bomb-aimer, radio operator/gunner) Armament: three forward firing .50 cal machine guns one .50 cal machine gun in dorsal turret one .30 cal machine gun in ventral position one torpedo in internal bay Specifications: Length: 39' 2.5" (11.9512.47 m) Height: 15' 6" (4.72 m) Wignspan: 56' 11" (17.35 m) Takeoff Weight: 18,488 lb (8386 kg) maximum Propulsion: No. of Engines: 1 Powerplant: Pratt & Whitney R-2800-20 Double Wasp Horsepower: 2000 hp Performance: Range: 1500 miles (2414 km) Max Speed: 306 mph ( 492 km/h) Ceiling: 27200 ft (8290 M)
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