PlaneSpottingWorld welcomes all new members! Please gives your ideas at the Terminal.

SBC Helldiver

From PlaneSpottingWorld, for aviation fans everywhere
SBC Helldiver
Type Dive bomber
Manufacturer Curtiss-Wright
Introduced 1938
Primary users United States Navy
United States Marine Corps
Fleet Air Arm
Aviation Navale
Number built 257

The Curtiss SBC Helldiver was a two-place scout bomber built by the Curtiss-Wright Corporation. It was the last military biplane procured by the U.S. Navy.

The SBC-3 the inital production model was powered by a radial Pratt & Whitney Twin Wasp Junior R-1535 engine. The SBC-3 began operational service in 1938. Eighty-three SBC-3s were built.

The SBC-4 was powered by a radial Wright R-1820 Cyclone 9 engine. The SBC-4 entered service in 1939. One hundred seventy-four SBC-4s were built including fifty SBC-4s that were delivered to the French Navy. Five of the French order were delivered to the British Fleet Air Arm (as the Curtiss Cleveland).


Specifications (SBC-4)

General characteristics

  • Crew: 2: pilot and gunner
  • Length: 28 ft 4 in (8.64 m)
  • Wingspan: 34 ft 0 in (10.36 m)
  • Height: 12 ft 7 in (3.84 m)
  • Wing area: 317 ft² (29.5 m²)
  • Empty weight: 4,841 lb (2,196 kg)
  • Max takeoff weight: 7,632 lb (3,462 kg)
  • Powerplant:Wright R-1820-34 "Cyclone" radial engine, 950 hp (709 kW)



  • Guns:
    • 1× 0.30 in (7.62 mm) forward-firing machine gun
    • 1 0.30 in (7.62 mm) flexible rearward-firing machine gun
  • Bombs: 1× bomb of up to 1,000 lb (450 kg)

Related content

Related development

Designation sequence

Related lists

it:Curtiss SBC Helldiver pl:Curtiss SBC Helldiver