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Curtiss SB2C Helldiver
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dive bomber
two
Wright R2600
1,900 h.p.
10,115 lbs.
16,800 lbs.
3,000 lbs.
2 x .20 mm
2 x .30 cal.
36' 9"
49' 9"
180 mph
294 mph
1,750 fpm
25,000 feet
1,200 miles
1943






The Curtiss SB2C Helldiver was the third and last Curtiss built aircraft bearing the name. It played a significant part in contributing to the Allied victory during World War II.

The SB2C Helldiver was one of the most successful U.S. Navy dive bombers of the War. It first saw action against shipping off the Japanese held island of Rabaul in November of 1943. It also took part in the battles of the Philippine Sea and Leyte Gulf.

Helldiver aircraft are credited with hits on the Japanese battleships Yamato and Musashi contributing to their eventual sinking, and many other enemy ships.

Although the aircraft had a number of deficiencies when originally introduced, these were overcome with progressive model updates.

Pilots appreciated the long range of the Helldiver and relatively large ordnance payload, carried under its wings and internally for drag reduction. Later models had more powerful engines and could be armed with rockets.

The SB2C Helldiver continued to serve as the sole bomber aircraft of the U.S. Navy after World War II through 1948. It was also operated by France, Greece, Italy, Portugal, and Thailand.

French Navy Helldiver aircraft again saw action in the Indo-China theatre where they continued in service through 1955.

A total of 894 SB2C Helldiver aircraft were produced.




Jerry Bates rc SB2C Helldiver.

Pictured immediately above is the rc SB2C Helldiver from a kit for sale by Kit Cutters. It is from Jerry Bates Plans and has a 80" wingspan with a weight of around 18 lbs. A 1.08 two cycle engine is the recommended power choice.

The first picture below is of a rc SB2C Helldiver built by Larry Sinor from a cardboard kit  from Fiddlers Green. Its wingspan is 34" and length is 28 1/2". All up weight with a GWS 300C motor is 14 oz.

The second picture below is of Tony Lewis and his rc SB2C Helldiver built from Jerry Bates Plans. It has a wingspan of 100" with a weight of about 35 lbs. Power comes from a G62 engine.

Pictured last below is the rc SB2C Helldiver project by Jim Gressel from Jerry Bates Plans.

Kit Cutters has kits for sale from Jerry Bates Plans for a giant scale 100" wingspan rc SB2C Helldiver. Weight is around 28 lbs. with the recommended G62 engine.

Cleveland Models has rc SB2C Helldiver plans for sale with wingspans of 25", 37", 49 1/2", 74", and giant scale 99" and 148".

RCM has rc SB2C Helldiver plans for sale from Don Williams. Wingspan is 60" with .56 to .61 engines for power. Construction is from balsawood and plywood. Plan no. 600.



Fiddlers Green rc SB2C Helldiver.


Tony Lewis and his rc SB2C Helldiver.


Jim Gressel's rc SB2C Helldiver project.



Kmot posted pictures of a rc SB2C Helldiver at RC Universe.

At RC Universe traxxboy was looking for a rc SB2C Helldiver.

Jim Terrell of RC Universe had a rc SB2C Helldiver kit for sale.

Harpeye of RC Groups posted about a rc Curtiss SB2C Helldiver project.

At RC Groups katana2665 had questions about a rc SB2C Helldiver.

At RC Groups reg3 posted about wanting to build a rc SB2C Helldiver.

Ndforspeed of RC Groups mentions the rc SB2C Helldiver in a post.

LtGoofALot of RC Groups was looking for a rc SB2C Helldiver kit.

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