The TBD Devastator first flew on April 15, 1935, and entered service with the U.S. Navy in 1937. During its time, the aircraft was the most advanced plane operating for the U.S. Navy and also for various navies around the world. By the outbreak of World War II, it was clear that the aircraft was outclassed. Its slow speed, combined with the need for a straight run to launch its torpedo, made it prey for Japanese fighters. During the Battle of Midway, 41 Devastators were launched from three U.S. aircraft carriers – and only six returned.
This handcrafted model is painted in the same paint scheme as the original and is painstakingly built from Philippine mahogany by our skilled craftsmen. Perfect as a gift for any aviation enthusiast and history buff!