Title: Vought Chesapeake (SB2U)

The Vought Chesapeake was a carrier-based dive-bomber developed for the US Navy (by whom it was known as the SB2U Vindicator) which first flew in 1936. It was obsolete by the start of WW2 but soldiered on until 1943 when it was withdrawn to training units.

The French Navy also ordered the aircraft and 40 were initially supplied. A further order for 50 was taken over by the British after the fall of France. However they were found to be underpowered for operational use and relegated to training duties, their operational role being taken by the Fairey Swordfish biplane.

This title includes the flight manual (known as pilot’s notes) and the erection & maintenance manual (known as the Air Publication Volume One) for the Vought Chesapeake in RAF service. The flight manuals have been scanned from the original documents and retain any colour pages.



This title contains:

  • RAF Pilot’s Notes for the Vought Chesapeake I, (probably produced by the manufacturer), undated with approx. 28 pages.
  • Manufacturer Produced Erection & Maintenance manual for the Vought Chesapeake I Dive Bomber, AP 2035A Volume One undated with approx. 208 pages.