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SB2C-5 Helldiver 3F.3 of Esc 3F, Aeronavale, Arromanches, Indochina 1954
General Background
The SB2C was designed to replace the SBD Dauntless. When the Helldivers were first delivered they were so poorly manufactured that some broke in half on landing and wings fell apart in a dive. Some countries cancelled orders and the USAAF never used the 900 they received. Eventually after over 800 modifications and technical changes the Helldiver went on to become one of the most effective dive-bombers of WWII. Most people referred to the plane as “The Big Tail Beast” or just “The Beast”.
The Aircraft
Between 1949 and 1954 France bought 110 SB2C-5 aircraft. Some of these planes were allotted to Esc 3F stationed onboard the carrier Arromanches. The Helldiver and pilots soon became well thought of by the French troops on the ground during the famous battle at Dien Bien Phu in 1954. Sometimes only feet above the ground the pilots flew countless sorties strafing and bombing the Viet-Minh with a total disregard to the heavy flak. These would be the last combat missions for the Helldiver but probably the most effective missions in the aircraft’s history.
Specifications :
General data
Manufacturer: Curtiss-Wright
Crew: 2 X 1 pilot, 1 radio operator/gunner
Length: 36 ft 9 in (11.2 m)
Wingspan: 49 ft 9 in (15.2 m)
Height: 14 ft 9 in (4.5 m)
Wing area: 422 ft² (39.2 m²)
Empty: 10,114 lb (4,588 kg)
Loaded: 13,674 lb (6,202 kg)
Max takeoff: 16,800 lb (7,600 kg)
Powerplant: 1× Wright R-2600 Cyclone radial engine, 1,900 hp (1,400 kW)
Maximum speed: 294 mph (473 km/h)
Range: 1,200 miles (1,900 km)
Service ceiling: 25,000 ft (7,600 m)
Rate of climb: 1,750 ft/min (8.9 m/s)
Armament: 2 x .50 cal (20 mm) cannon in each wing
2 x 0.30 in (7.62 mm) machine guns in the rear cockpit
Internal bay - 2,000 lb (900 kg) of bombs or 1x Mark 13-2 torpedo
Hardpoints: 500 lb (225 kg) of bombs each wing