Curtiss SB2C Helldiver N92879

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February 18, 2011

The only airworthy Curtiss SB2C-5 Helldiver N92879 made an overnight stop at the Arizona Wing of the Commenorative Air Force at Falcon Field, Arizona on February 17, 2011. It continued on its way to Texas the following morning. It was returning to its home base following Tailhook Legacy practice at Naval Air Station Lemoore, California the previous weekend.

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SB2C-5 NX92879 served the U.S. Navy as BuNo 83589. Ed Maloney and The Ontario Air Museum acquired it in May 1963 and sold it to the Confederate Air Force at Harlingen, Texas in 1970. It was registered as N92879 and restored to airworthy condition in Ontario, California before its delivery to the CAF in November 1971. It flew for the CAF as USN #5. It crashed after an engine failure at Harlingen in August 1985. It flew again on September 27, 1988. It flies now as USN #32. It belongs to the Commemorative Air Force and is based in Texas.

Curtiss SB2C Helldiver NX92879, Falcon Field, Fabruary 18, 2011

Curtiss SB2C Helldiver NX92879, Chino, California, April 1971 Forty years ago: SB2C-5 NX92879 is seen here at the Chino Airport in April 1971.

Curtiss SB2C Helldiver NX92879, Falcon Field, Fabruary 18, 2011

Curtiss SB2C Helldiver NX92879, Falcon Field, Fabruary 18, 2011

Curtiss SB2C Helldiver NX92879, Falcon Field, Fabruary 18, 2011

Curtiss SB2C Helldiver NX92879, Falcon Field, Fabruary 18, 2011

Curtiss SB2C Helldiver NX92879, Falcon Field, Fabruary 18, 2011

Curtiss SB2C Helldiver NX92879, Falcon Field, Fabruary 18, 2011

Curtiss SB2C Helldiver NX92879, Falcon Field, Fabruary 18, 2011

Curtiss SB2C Helldiver NX92879, Falcon Field, Fabruary 18, 2011 The SB2C-5 is powered by a Wright R-2600 Cyclone 14 radial engine. It is a two bank engine with fourteen cylinders.

Curtiss SB2C Helldiver NX92879, Falcon Field, Fabruary 18, 2011 The Helldiver belches smoke as the pilot starts the R-2600 engine.

Curtiss SB2C Helldiver NX92879, Falcon Field, Fabruary 18, 2011

Curtiss SB2C Helldiver NX92879, Falcon Field, Fabruary 18, 2011

Curtiss SB2C Helldiver NX92879, Falcon Field, Fabruary 18, 2011

Curtiss SB2C Helldiver NX92879, Falcon Field, Fabruary 18, 2011 The pilot folded the wings before taxiing out of its parking place.

Curtiss SB2C Helldiver NX92879, Falcon Field, Fabruary 18, 2011

Curtiss SB2C Helldiver NX92879, Falcon Field, Fabruary 18, 2011

Curtiss SB2C Helldiver NX92879, Falcon Field, Fabruary 18, 2011

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Curtiss SB2C Helldiver NX92879, Falcon Field, Fabruary 18, 2011

Curtiss SB2C Helldiver NX92879, Falcon Field, Fabruary 18, 2011

Curtiss SB2C Helldiver NX92879, Falcon Field, Fabruary 18, 2011 The pilot unfolded the wings before taxiing to the runway.

Curtiss SB2C Helldiver NX92879, Falcon Field, Fabruary 18, 2011

Curtiss SB2C Helldiver NX92879, Falcon Field, Fabruary 18, 2011

Curtiss SB2C Helldiver NX92879, Falcon Field, Fabruary 18, 2011

Curtiss SB2C Helldiver NX92879, Falcon Field, Fabruary 18, 2011

June 12, 2006

Curtiss SB2C Helldiver NX92879 made its first visit to California in many years in June 2006. It was displayed at the last Van Nuys Airshow and then flew to Camarillo where it participated in flyovers of the Quiet Birdmen barbecue.

The Helldiver waiting on the Van Nuys Airport ramp on Monday, June 12, the day after the last Van Nuys Airshow.

The crew pulls the propeller through before starting the engine.

The pilot cranks up the Wright R-2600 radial engine.

The Helldiver unfolds its wings as it prepares to depart.

Taking off from Runway 16R on its way to visit the Southern California Wing of the CAF at Camarillo.

Helldiver on the ramp at Camarillo, just over an hour after taking off from Van Nuys.

Helldiver taxis out to fly past the Jack Broome Ranch where the Quiet Birdmen Airshow and Barbecue was taking place.

The deck behind the gunner's station has been lowered to provide clearance for operation of the machine gun.

The Helldiver returning from the QB Airshow in the company of the Planes of Fame Douglas SBD-5 Dauntless, NX670AM.

Overhead break into the pattern for Runway 26.

On approach to land.

The Helldiver will be at Camarillo until Friday.


Another surviving Helldiver

This SB2C-3 served the U.S. Navy as BuNo 19075. Ed Maloney and The Air Museum acquired the Helldiver in 1963 and sold it to Dave Tallichet and Yesterday's Air Force in 1979. Tallichet restored it and registered it as N4250Y. Charles F. Nichols and the Yanks Air Museum bought it in 1987. It is seen here in the restoration hangar at the Yanks Air Museum at the Chino Airport on August 23, 2002.









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