Aviation enthusiasts should already know the story of the Skyraider. Several excellent books, including Profile’s publication, have been written about this exceptional airplane. Therefore, what I have to say about the Skyraider is a retrospective outline of its development and orientation. The design began in 1944 as a replacement for the SBD Dauntless. The early prototypes had little resemblance to today’s airplane. The XBT20-1 was the first version to have this appearance. At this time they were named Dauntless II. Not until 1946, was the designation of the then present model BT2D renamed Skyraider.
Jul 02, 2014 No Comments