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Curtiss SB2C Helldiver

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   SB2C-5

The SB2C was the most numerous Allied dive-bomber of WW2 with some 7200 being built between 1942 and 1945. Though disliked by many of its crews, the SB2C accounted for the destruction of more Japanese targets than any other US dive-bomber. Nicknamed the Beast because of its slow speed handling characteristics, more a/c were lost to in deck landings than to actual combat.

General:

Type: Dive Bomber

Crew: 2

Seating: 2

First Flight: 18/Dec/1940

Specifications

 

Propulsion

 

Performance

 

Length:

Height:

Wingspan:

Empty Weight:

Gross Weight:

36' 8"

16' 11"

49' 9"

11000 lbs.

16607 lbs.

No. Engines:

Horsepower:

Power plant:

1

1700 hp per engine

Wright R-2600-8 Cyclone

Range:

Speed (max):

Speed (cruise):

Climb:

Ceiling:

1110 miles

281 mph

- mph

- ft/sec

- ft

Armament:

4x0.50cal wing mount machine guns and 1x0.50cal hydraulic mounting in the rear, plus bomb load.

     

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