Model Airplane News
September, 1943

Model Airplane News Cover for September, 1943 by Jo Kotula Vultee Vengeance

Vultee A-31 "Vengeance"
Model Airplane News Cover Art for September, 1943
by Jo Kotula
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The Vultee Model 72 two-seat dive bomber was designed to a British specification by Vultee and was put into production by both Vultee and Northrop. When the US entered the war, the Vengeance was given the USAAF designation A-31.

 Vultee A-31 Vengeance Dive Bomber

Vultee A-31 "Vengeance"

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A total of 1,500 copies of the plane were built. About 600 of the A-31 and subsequent models were supplied to Britain as Vengeance IV, a small number were delivered to the Brazilian government, and the rest went into USAAF service.

The cover art above is just a bit dramatic -- the career of the A-31 was somewhat prosaic. The British only used the Vengeance in the India-Burma theatre. The USAAF A-35 were mainly used as high-speed target tugs. Production of the Vengeance ceased in the autumn of 1944.

Vultee A-31 Vengeance Dive Bomber Design Patent D-132,461    Vultee A-31 Vengeance Dive Bomber Design Patent D-132,461

Patent Diagrams for the Vultee A-31
Design Patent D-132,461
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Here is a video showing a 1/6 scale model of the "Vengeance" in action.

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