Curtiss SB2C Helldiver
Carrier-based dive bomber. The SB2C was designed to combine a powerful engine and a
large weapons load in a small airframe, as required for carrier operations. The SB2C was
compact and dense, and its fuselage was inordinately small compared with the large wings
and tail. The bad handling characteristics earned this dive bomber uncomplimentary
nicknames (this plane has one other nickname more - the pilots said its by that SB2C: "Son
of a Bitch of the 2nd Class"
:-)). But its performance was little better
than that of the older SBD
. Nevertheless the USN fought
several major battles with it.
||One Wright R-2600-20 engine
||422 sq ft
||39.20 sq m
||2x 20mm cannon, 2x 12.7mm machine gun, 907 kg bombs
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