During the 1930s, several nations developed advanced dive bombers. These aircraft were considered more effective than level or horizontal bombers for many missions, especially for attacking maneuvering ships at sea. In 1934 the U.S. Navy issued an invitation to industry for the design of a new dive bomber. Six companies responded, among them Chance Vought, a division of the United Aircraft Corporation in Hartford, Connecticut. Considered one of America’s most capable aeronautical firms, United Aircraft had been building planes for the U.S. Navy since 1919.
Historic Aircraft - No Vindication for the Vindicator
By Norman Polmar