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BTD Destroyer

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BTD Destroyer
Type Torpedo/dive bomber
Manufacturer Douglas Aircraft Corporation
Maiden flight 8 April 1943
Introduced 1944
Retired 1945
Primary user United States Navy
Number built 28

Douglas BTD Destroyer was an American torpedo bomber developed for the United States Navy during World War II. It was the first Navy aircraft to have tricycle landing gear.[1]


BTD was designed as a replacement for the SBD Dauntless dive bomber. The initial two-seat design was subsequently reworked into a single-seat torpedo/dive bomber. The prototype first flew on 8 April 1943, and the Navy ordered 358 BTD-1s.

Operational history

The first production BTD-1s were completed in June 1944. By the time Japan surrendered in August 1945, only 28 aircraft had been delivered and none saw combat action.


First production version, 28 built.
Two prototypes with mixed propulsion, the additional Westinghouse WE-19XA turbojet with 1,500 lbf (6.7 kN) of thrust did not sufficiently improve performance. First flight May 1945.

Specifications (BTD-1)

Data from Dave's Warbirds[1]

General characteristics



  • 2× 20 mm cannon
  • Up to 3,200 lb (1 450 kg) of bombs in the bomb bay or a single torpedo


  1. 1.0 1.1 Dave's Warbirds 2006
  • Dave's Warbirds. Retrieved on [[2007-01-03]].
  • Donald, D; Lake, J (1996). Encyclopedia of world military aircraft. AIRtime Publishing. ISBN 1880588242. 

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Designation sequence

  • Navy BT sequence (before 1962): BTD - BT2D - BTM