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History Of The Curtiss SB2C Helldiver

Updated on January 19, 2017

Curtiss SB2C Helldiver

The Curtiss SB2C Helldiver was a United States Navy dive bomber in World War II. Over 7,000 of the Curtiss SB2C Helldiver were built by Curtiss Wright and introduced in 1943.

Production of the Curtiss SB2C Helldiver ended in 1945. The Curtiss SB2C Helldiver was also used by the US Air Force, but was called an A-25 Shrike.

Built as the eventual replacement of the Douglas SBD Dauntless for the use aboard US Navy carriers as a dive bomber, in the beginning of service were wrought with many technical and design flaws.

Having worked these flaws out, the Curtiss SB2C Helldiver was used for bombing Japanese held islands toward the end of war, with much success. They also took part in sinking the Japanese carrier, Yamato.

The Curtiss SB2C Helldiver was powered by a Wright R-2600 radial engine and had a top speed of almost 300 mph. The Curtiss SB2C Helldiver had a service ceiling of around 25,000 feet and a range of 1,200 miles.

The Curtiss SB2C Helldiver was armed with two .30 caliber Browning machine guns and two 20 mm cannons. The Curtiss SB2C Helldiver carried up to 2,000 lbs bombs or torpedoes.


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