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General characteristics
2 peopleCrew
4.2 tTake-off weight
2.20 kg/sBurst mass
Flight characteristics
6 800 mCeiling
Pratt & Whitney R-1535-2Engine
airCooling system
Speed of destruction
740 km/hStructural
440 km/hGear
Offensive armament
4 x 12.7 mm M2 Browning machine gunWeapon 1
1 600 roundsAmmunition
750 shots/minFire rate
Defensive armament
12.7 mm M2 Browning machine gunTurret
315 roundsAmmunition
750 shots/minFire rate
Suspended armament
2 x 100 lb AN-M30A1 bomb
1 x 500 lb AN-M64A1 bomb
Setup 1
2 x 250 lb AN-M57 bomb
1 x 500 lb AN-M64A1 bomb
Setup 2
1 x 1000 lb AN-M65A1 bombSetup 3
4 000 Rp icon.pngResearch
2 100 Sl icon.pngPurchase
Sl icon.png210 / 267/400 / 508/300 / 381Repair
600 Sl icon.pngCrew training
2 100 Sl icon.pngExperts
40 Ge icon.pngAces
100 % Rp icon.pngReward for battle
190 % Sl icon.png70 % Sl icon.png30 % Sl icon.png
This page is about the aircraft SB2U-3. For other uses, see SB2 (Disambiguation).


GarageImage SB2U-3.jpg

The SB2U-3 is a rank I American dive bomber with a battle rating of 1.7 (AB/RB/SB). It was introduced in Update 1.75 "La Résistance".

The SBU2 was developed in the early 1930s and although considered obsolete at the outbreak of World War II, it still remained in service through the Battle of Midway, however in 1943 it was withdrawn into training units and replaced by more advanced aircraft. This aircraft featured a constant-speed propeller which was intended to be utilized as a dive brake while performing dive bombing attack maneuvers. There were three hard points for bombs to be attached, one 250 lb bomb under each wing and a single 500 or 1,000 lb bomb mounted onto a pylon under the fuselage. The larger bomb was also attached to what was called a "trapeze", a device which would when the bomb was released, swing the bomb clear of the propeller arc.

General info

Flight Performance

Describe how the aircraft behaves in the air. Speed, manoeuvrability, acceleration and allowable loads - these are the most important characteristics of the vehicle.

Max Speed
(km/h at 4,084 m)
Max altitude
Turn time
Rate of climb
Take-off run
338 329 6,800 23.6 24.5 3.7 4.5 300
Max Speed
(km/h at 4,084 m)
Max altitude (meters) Turn time (seconds) Rate of climb
Take-off run (meters)
383 360 6,800 20.4 22.0 9.7 6.2 300


Combat flap Take-off flap Landing flap Air brakes Arrestor gear
Wing-break speed
Gear limit
Combat flap
Max Static G
+ -
740 440 N/A ~?? ~?
Optimal velocities
< 300 < 350 < 320 > 299
Compressor (RB/SB)
Setting 1
Optimal altitude 100% Engine power WEP Engine power
2,895 m 750 hp 825 hp

Survivability and armour

  • 3 mm Steel boxes behind the gunner.
  • No armour glazing
  • Critical components located at front of aircraft (fuel, pilot, engine, controls)
  • One fuel tank in the fuselage


Offensive armament

Main article: Browning M2 (12.7 mm)

The SB2U-3 is armed with:

  • 4 x 12.7 mm Browning M2 machine guns, wing-mounted (400 rpg = 1,600 total)

Suspended armament

The SB2U-3 can be outfitted with the following ordinance:

  • 1 x 500 lb AN-M64A1 bomb + 2 x 100 lb AN-M30A1 bombs (700 lb total)
  • 1 x 500 lb AN-M64A1 bomb + 2 x 250 lb AN-M57 bombs (1,000 lb total)
  • 1 x 1,000 lb AN-M65A1 bomb (1,000 lb total)

Defensive armament

Main article: Browning M2 (12.7 mm)

The SB2U-3 is defended by:

  • 1 x 12.7 mm Browning M2 machine gun, rear turret (315 rpg = 315 total)

Usage in battles

The SB2U-3 is a carrier based dive bomber. This aircraft is a fairly slow aircraft, but sturdy. Built as a dive-bomber, it excels at diving down above a target to release its bombs. The SB2U is one of the only early aircraft in War Thunder which features dive flaps (h) to aid in retarding the build up of speed during a dive, helping prevent ripping off of wings in RB and SB. Wing mounted machine guns allow for this aircraft to strafe softer ground or water targets while waiting for bombs to reload (AB). Rear facing dorsal gunner helps to ward off enemy attackers, however it is not a game changer for this aircraft.

The SB2U is a slow aircraft which leads it to having two options, first is to hug the terrain. While flying to your target of choice (AAA sites, AA Vehicles or bases), fly along the terrain, utilize what hills and valleys there are to fly through. Time on target may be limited before the enemy gets there so line up your bombing run and drop bombs. This aircraft can maneuver fairly well, utilizing elevator and rudder controls, you can quickly flip this aircraft around and return to ground attacking targets you just flew over.

The second option will be to gain altitude. Going too high will render your bombs ineffective. The idea here is to gain several thousand feet, fly towards your target of choice and then dive on it. During your dive, your aircraft will build up speed, to prevent too much speed build up and control stiffening, reduce your throttle and engage dive brakes (h). This will allow you a controlled descent and the ability to line up your target easier, the unfortunate down side is that now you are slowly moving in a straight line, easy target for enemy fighters. Once you swoop on your target and release your bombs, engage full throttle and retract dive brakes.

While this aircraft is slow, it can be utilized to attack fighters if in a pinch. The maneuverability of this aircraft along with its slow speed can aid in forcing an attacking enemy to overshoot or underestimate the capabilities of this aircraft.

The rear-facing dorsal gunner does not deter much, don’t rely on him to clear your tail of trailing aircraft. Enemy fighters will assume this aircraft to be an easy target due to its size and slow speed.

The SB2U is a slow aircraft, however it is maneuverable. Due to the large surface area of the wings and rudder, it can make quick reversals through wing-overs causing faster fighters to overshoot. The rear-gunner does not pack much of a punch, however coming at this aircraft from the underside will avoid any offensive/defensive weapons allowing for time to line up a shot. Aim for critical areas of the aircraft (engine, pilot, fuel…) as the body of the aircraft can soak up a good amount of damage.

Manual Engine Control

MEC elements
Mixer Pitch Radiator Supercharger Turbocharger
Oil Water Type
Controllable Controllable
No automatic pitch
Controllable Controllable Separate Not controllable Not controllable


Tier Flight performance Survivability Weaponry
I Fuselage Repair Radiator Offensive 12 mm FSBC mk.5
II Compressor Airframe New 12 mm MGs
III Wings Repair Engine Turret 12 mm FLBC mk.1
IV Engine Injection Cover New 12 mm MGs (turret)

Pros and cons


  • Maneuverable
  • Dual role dive bomber/attacker
  • Good diver


  • Large target
  • Slow speed
  • Weak defensive weapons
  • Small payload


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See also

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Fighters  F4U-1A · F4U-1A (USMC) · F4U-1C · F4U-1D · F4U-4 · F4U-4B · F4U-4B VMF-214
Float planes  OS2U-1 · OS2U-3
Bombers  SB2U-2 · SB2U-3
Export  V-156-B1 · V-156-F · ▄Corsair F Mk II · F4U-7
Captured  ▅F4U-1A

USA bombers
Dive  SB2U-2 · SB2U-3 · SBD-3 · SB2C-1c · SB2C-4
Torpedo  TBD-1 · PBY-5 Catalina · PBY-5a Catalina · TBF-1C · BTD-1
Medium  B-10B · B-18A · B-34 · PV-2D · B-25J-1 · B-25J-20 · A-26C-45 · A-26C-45DT
Heavy  B-17E · B-17E/L · B-17G-60-VE · PB4Y-2 · B-24D-25-CO · B-29A-BN
Other  PBM-3 "Mariner"