Armour Collection B11E746 USAAF Douglas A-24B Banshee Dive-Bomber - Air Transport Command (1:48 Scale)
"Why should we have a navy at all? There are no enemies for it to fight except apparently the Army Air Force."
- General Carl Spaatz, Commander of the US 8th Army Air Force, after WWII
The Dauntless was the standard shipborne dive-bomber of the US Navy from mid-1940 until November 1943, when the first Curtiss Helldivers arrived to replace it. Between 1942-43, the Dauntless was pressed into service again and again, seeing action in the Battle of the Coral Sea and the Guadalcanal campaign. It was, however, at the Battle of Midway, that the Dauntless came into its own, singlehandedly destroying four of the Imperial Japanese Navy's frontline carriers. The SBD (referred to, rather affectionaly by her aircrews, as "Slow But Deadly") was gradually phased out during 1944. The June 20th, 1944 strike against the Japanese Mobile Fleet, known as the Battle of the Philippine Sea, was the last major engagement in which it was used. From 1942 to 1944, the SBD was also used by several land-based Marine Corps squadrons.
Built as a two-seat, low-wing Navy scout bomber, the Dauntless was powered by a single Wright R1820 1200-horsepower engine. It became the mainstay of the Navy's air fleet in the Pacific, suffering the lowest loss ratio of any U.S. carrier-borne aircraft. A total of 5,936 SBDs were delivered to the Navy and Marine Corps between 1940 and the end of its production, in July 1944.
This particular 1:48 scale replica of a US Army Air Force A-24B Banshee dive-bomber was operated by the Air Transport Command. Sold Out!
Wingspan: 11-5/8 inches
Length: 8 inches
Release Date: February 2008
Historical Account: "Big Mac" - Military Air Transport Service (MATS) was a command of the U.S. Air Force from 1948-65, which superseded the Army Air Force's Air Transport Command, its direct predecessor shortly after the Air Force became an independent service branch in 1947. MATS was succeeded by Military Airlift Command (MAC) in January 1966, and by Air Mobility Command (AMC) in June 1992, each of which broadened its mission.
The Military Air Transport Service was activated in June 1948 under Major General Laurence S. Kuter, in order to harness interservice efforts more efficiently. It was an amalgamation of Navy and Army air transport commands, now placed under the control of the newly created U.S. Air Force (USAF). Previously, the Army Air Forces' needs were looked after by the Air Transport Command, the World War II-era United States Army Air Forces) command focused on transportation of troops and supplies.
MATS was deactivated on January 1st, 1966. It was succeeded by the Military Airlift Command (MAC); the restructuring was triggered by the demands of the expanding Vietnam War.