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In 1943 the U.S. Navy issued a requirement for at "Bomber Torpedo"  aircraft to replace the Grumman TBF Avenger and Curtiss SB2C Helldiver.  Although the prototype (XBTM-1) first flew in 1944, developmental problems forced a redesign that lasted until 1947 by which time the Douglas AD-1 Skyraider was entering squadron service.

Redesignated the AM-1 and named the Mauler, this aircraft first picked up the nickname "Able Mabel" and then, as landing safety issues surfaced, the nickname "Awful Monster".

Over 150 Maulers were built and stayed in active service until 1950 and reserve service until 1953.

Specifications (AM-1)




Type: Attack
Engines: one 3,000 hp (2236 kW) Pratt & Whitney R-4360-4W Wasp Major

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