Vengeance DB-72 Mk 1 EZ999

EZ999 was manufactured by Northrop Aircraft Inc., USA and was the last Mk 1 to be built. It was delivered to 2AD RAAF in June 1943 and was approved as free issue to the RAN in April 1948, but this ordered was cancelled in June 1948. After passing to Department of Aircraft Production for disposal, EZ999 was issued to Sydney Technical College, School of Aircraft Engineering for apprentice training until may 1963. It was acquired by the then proposed Aviation Museum and stored privately until January 1965 then to the Museum and is the only Vultee Vengeance on display in the world.

Between 1942 and 1944, 342 Vengeances were delivered from USA and taken on RAAF strength, being allotted first to 12 Squadron to replace the outclassed Wirraways. Vengeances were the only dive bombers specifically designed for vertical attacks which were carried out from a height of 10,000 - 12,000 ft and with dive brakes extended, the vertical dive reached a terminal velocity of 300 mph. 24 Squadron RAAF used the dive-bombing technique most successfully in the New Guinea campaign and played an important part in the Australian Infantry's drive along the Huon Peninsula. The RAF also operated Vengeances in successful strikes on the Burma front.



Aircraft Specifications
Crew: Pilot and Gunner 
Max Speed: 275 mph 
Engine: 1 x Wright Cyclone GR-2600-19 - twin row radial - 1,800 hp 
Armament: 4 x .30 calibre Browning machine guns in wing
2 x .30 calibre Browning machine guns flexible mounted in rear cockpit
2 x 500 lb bombs in bomb bay
2 x 250 lb bombs mounted beneath wings
Loaded Weight: 14,780 lbs