Douglas TBD-1 Devastator – VS-71, USS Wasp, US Navy, Pre-War
TBD-1 Devastator Torpedo bomber 0299 of VS-71 based on the carrier USS Wasp on neutrality patrol in 1940. Superb model in highly attractive pre-war livery, with optional undercarriage and canopy positions, weapon load and stand. The Skymax range has now been cancelled, so no more of this casting are ever likely to be made.
The Douglas TBD-1 Devastator was designed as a torpedo bomber for the USN and
entered service in 1937. The TBD Devastator marked a lot of firsts for the USN. It was the first widely-used carrier-based monoplane, first all metal USN aircraft, first completely enclosed cockpit that stretched almost half the length of the fuselage, first hydraulic folding wings. When bombing the bombardier would lie under the pilot seat and look through a window in the floor to doing his sighting.