Curtiss SBC-3 'Helldiver'
| GUS ELISON|
| I HAD THE OPPORTUNITY TO FLY MANY HOPS IN THE SBC-3 AND SBC-4 OUT OF MASTERS FIELD IN MIAMI, FL. THE -3 HAD MANUAL CRANK UP LANDING GEAR AND THE -4 HAD HYDRAULIC ACUTATED GEAR. THEY WERE USED FOR NAVIGATION TRAINING IN 1943. WE FLEW TO THE BAHAMAS AND THEN TO WEST PALM BEACH MAKING IT A REAL BERMUDA TRIANGLE FLIGHT. THIS IS THE SAME AREA THAT THE SIX TBF'S WERE LOST AND NEVER FOUND. AN INTERESTING TIME OF LIFE. |
09/11/2002 @ 08:42 [ref: 5674]
| Frank S. Gattolin|
| I've built many models fot his bird. They've all flown nicely. Now it's time to make an electric R/C version using the old Berkeley model plans as a jump off point. The other models flew great. I have always wondered how the real bird flew. Yes, I'm a pilot, a bit more than 11,000-hours TT. |
07/01/2002 @ 20:02 [ref: 5221]
| John W McDonald|
| I worked with SBC-3s at NAS Miami Florida in 1941 as plane captain and a radioman.
Under each upper wing was a compartment that housed an inflatable ballon to keep the airplane afloat if it ended up in the water.
One of our pilots had a surprise at some altitude where an automatic pressure sensor that was to sense a water landing malfunctioned and caused the ballons to inflate. The pilot was able to dive the plane and one ballon broke away, but he was forced to return with the remaining one, fortunately making a successful landing.
I enjoyed flying in SBC-s.
05/07/2002 @ 20:34 [ref: 4895]