Walkaround - Curtiss SB2C-5 Helldiver Bu.83589

Curtiss SB2C-5 Helldiver Bu.83589
Carl A. Spaatz Field / Reading Regional Airport, Reading, Pennsylvania, USA.
World War II Weekend, June 4-6, 2010.


SB2C Helldiver, BuNo. 83589 is airworthy and owned by the West Texas Wing of  Commemorative Air Force in Graham, Texas. It is a  late-production SB2C-5 built in 1945. Currently, 83589 is the only flyable Helldiver in the worlk, and is a frequent star in air shows. It dad an emergency landing that caused extensive damage after an engine failure, in 1982. CAF finished the restoration to flying condition in 1988.

The photos below were taken when I attended the famous WWII weekend at Reading PA during June 2010.

General views:

Main landing gear:



Rudder and elevators:






Here is a short video showing her along with a Corsair and a Dauntless:

Rato Marczak © 2011