XSB2C prototype aircraft in flight, late 1940

Caption   XSB2C prototype aircraft in flight, late 1940 ww2dbase
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SB2C Helldiver   Main article  Photos  
Photos on Same Day See all photos dated 31 Dec 1940
Added By C. Peter Chen
Added Date 22 Oct 2007
Licensing  Public Domain



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1. Commenter identity confirmed Bill says:
16 Nov 2010 01:30:47 PM

Photograph of XSB2C Prototype with smaller vertical fin later. Revised prototype had a larger vertical fin. Modification of the engine mounts, and a one foot fuselage extension, this was done to move the center of gravity forward. By October 1941 2,000 Helldivers were on order
2. Commenter identity confirmed Bill says:
16 Nov 2010 01:56:30 PM

Nine hundred Helldivers were ordered by the Army known as the A-25, the aircraft were later turned over to the Marines, when the Army didn't need dive bombers anymore. Also a one of a kind float plane varient was built using two big Endo floats, but that's as far as it went. Curtiss built about 19,000 planes between 1935 to 1945, most of which were 13,920 P-40s.
3. Commenter identity confirmed Bill says:
16 Nov 2010 02:46:54 PM

Remember those land-based Army Helldivers the A-25s, not one was used in combat and passed on to the Marines, who didn't use them in combat, they were used training and target tug duties. The Helldiver was a big plane, and needed a big engine to power it. The Wright R-2600-20 was a Air-Cooled 14 Cylinder Radial Engine of 1,900hp. After WWII the Navy continued to use the Helldiver, but by 1949 it was phased out of front line duties and used for training and research. The Helldiver was used by Naval Reserve Squadrons and retired in the early 1950s Post-War Service: Surplus Helldivers were used by the French, Royal Thai Air Force, Greek Air Force, Portugal and the Italian Air Force. Today only one SB2C Helldiver, out of the 7,200 built during WWII is able to fly. It is part of the Commemorative Air Force based Texas USA.

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