A new dive bomber said to be the fastest and the greatest load carrier of its class anywhere in the world was announced last month by Curtiss-Wright. Known as the Curtiss XSB2C-1, the plane has a 1700 hp. Wright Cyclone engine and was built in direct response to requests by the Navy.
The ship is a two-place, all-metal, low-mid-wing monoplane. While performance figures are withheld, the airplane was built after the Navy had requested a dive bomber that could carry twice as many heavy bombs as any existing dive bomber, fly twice as far, remain in flight four and one-half hours longer than present models, develop a speed of 100 mph more than today's dive bombers, with twice as much armament and greater fire power. This was a tall order and apparently Curtiss-Wright was able to fulfill it.
As it is built to fly from the decks of carriers, the plane has folding wings for storage below decks. It is considerably larger than most single-engine ships, yet it has a fast takeoff and is maneuverable in flight.
With all of Curtiss' engineering skill behind it, the new plane has been designed for mass production. It will be built at the company's new plant at Columbus, Ohio, where 1,156,000 square feet of floor space is being completed. Curtiss built the first Navy dive bomber in 1930, which was called the Hell Diver.
This article was originally published in the April, 1941, issue of Aviation magazine, vol 40, no 4, p 67, in the "Flying Equipment" column.
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