2010 SBD Dauntless Restoration
New Douglas SBD-5 Dauntless Dive Bomber Arrived at Pacific Aviation Museum Pearl Harbor Friday, February 12, 2010.

A Douglas SBD-5 Dauntless Dive Bomber (Bureau No. 36177), which operated in the forefront of World War II in the Pacific, joined the aircraft collection at Pacific Aviation Museum Pearl Harbor on Friday, February 12th at 10 AM. Matson Navigation donated the shipping of the Dauntless to the Museum, with loading and unloading assistance from Carl Scholl, Aero Trader, Chino, California.

On June 15, 2009, the Museum lifted an SBD-2 Dauntless from Lake Michigan (Bureau No. 2173). It went to the National Museum of Naval Aviation where it is being restored. As restoration is expected to take about three years, this arriving Dauntless is on loan from the National Museum of Naval Aviation until the restoration is complete. The aircraft's removal from Lake Michigan and the restoration were made possible by a donation from Fred L. Turner, Honorary Chairman and former Chief Executive Officer of McDonalds’ Corporation in Oak Brook, Ill. Mr. Turner, a friend of the Museum, has generously committed a $1 million personal gift toward this project.

According to Pacific Aviation Museum Executive Director Kenneth DeHoff, “The SBD Dauntless was a key contributor to the victory at the Battle of Midway June 4, 1941, when two squadrons of Dauntless Dive Bombers sank four Japanese carriers. It’s a proud addition to our rapidly expanding aircraft collection.”

The Dauntless carried a crew of two and was powered by a 1000 horsepower Cyclone 9 cylinder engine, with a top speed of 250 mph. Revolutionary dive brakes enabled the aircraft to attack targets from a very steady, steep angle. The Dauntless was employed throughout the Pacific Theater from 1940 to 1943.

Matson Navigation Company, with headquarters in California, has been a strong supporter of Pacific Aviation Museum over the years donating the cost of the shipping different items to the Museum. Some of the items shipped include planes such as the North American B-25B Mitchell (Medium Bomber) and the P-40 Warhawk, as well as the equipment utilized in the Museum's authentic Lt. Ted Shealy Restoration Shop in Hangar 79, the Museum’s second hangar.
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