The SBD Dauntless first flew in 1940, with service deliveries beginning that year. The SBD Dauntless saw its first combat action on Dec. 7, 1941, when 18 SBDs from the USS Enterprise arrived over Pearl Harbor during the attack, with seven shot down. The SBD Dauntless also served as the Army Air Forces’ A-24 Banshee, used early in the war. The SBD Dauntless’ finest hour came during the Battle of Midway, when the aircraft sank four Japanese aircraft carriers, turning the tide of the war in the Pacific.
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!