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SBD-3 Dauntless

An American dive bomber

Dive bombers, as their names suggest, are bombers that dive from higher altitudes. Unlike normal bombers, dive bombers are better when diving onto their targets. Dive bombers are normally armed with a rear gunner, main guns, and a few smaller bombs. One thing that is unique about dive bombers, are the addition of their air brakes. With creative use, these are a great tool during dog fights. The air brakes open up a large variety of tactics and allow for shorter runway landings. Common tactics when using a dive bomber, such as the SBD-3 Dauntless, is to deploy your air breaks when diving for your targets, and dropping your bombs.