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The Fairey Firefly in front of the Museum of the RTAF in Don Muang Bangkok (Photo courtesy of  Christian Stuerchler). (Photo collection of RTAF Museum)

History

 

Geschichte

1951 übernahm die RTAF sechs Curtiss Helldiver von der Marine. Das Hoheitszeichen wurde gewechselt ansonsten wurden die Helldiver in der gleichen Bemalung geflogen. Die Helldiver wurden als BJ-3 (Angriffsflugzeug 3) bezeichnet.

       
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Pictures

Bilder

Delivery of the Helldiver to the Navy on a Barge. (Photo collection  Tui Pankem. Spitfires an one Helldiver (Photo collection  Phakphum Tangkijjarak). Curtiss Helldiver (Photo collection of RTAF Museum) Curtiss Helldiver mybe the same Picture as on the let side but in a very low quality (Photo collection  Phakphum Tangkijjarak).
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Serial, Curtiss SB2C-5 Helldiver
Typ Thai Serial s/n Engine No. Buzz Sqn / Wing Base Delivered Withdrawn Remarks
SB2C-5 BJ.3-1/94 83206  120222 1 2 SSqn 1 Wing RTAFB Don Muang 29.6. 1951 26.4.1955 ...
SB2C-5 BJ.3-2/94 83299 120100 2 2 SSqn 1 Wing RTAFB Don Muang 29.6. 1951 26.4.1955 ...
SB2C-5 BJ.3-3/94 83328  73500 3 2 SSqn 1 Wing RTAFB Don Muang 29.6. 1951 26.4.1955 ...
SB2C-5 BJ.3-4/94 83410 W443890 4 2 SSqn 1 Wing RTAFB Don Muang 29.6. 1951 26.4.1955 preserved at RTAF Museum 
SB2C-5 BJ.3-5/94 83711 W443161 5 2 SSqn 1 Wing RTAFB Don Muang 29.6. 1951 23.7.1954 Crashed
SB2C-5 BJ.3-6/94 89458 120706 6 2 SSqn 1 Wing RTAFB Don Muang 29.6. 1951 26.4.1955 possible smuggled to Australia
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Specifications

Curtiss SB2C-5

Wingspan

Spannweite

15,18 m

Length

Länge

11,18 m

Height

Höhe

4,01 m

Wing area

Flügelfläche

39.2 m²

Engine

Motor

1× Wright R-2600 Cyclone radial engine, 1,900 hp

Maximum speed

Höchstgeschwindigkeit

473 km/h

Empty weight

Leergewicht

4,588 kg

Loaded weight

Startgewicht

7,600 kg

Climb Rate

Steigrate

8.9 m/s

Service ceiling

Gipfelhöhe

7,600 m

Range

Reichweite

1,900 km

Armament

Bewaffnung

2 x 20 mm cannon

2 x 7.62 mm MG flexible

900 kg of bombs or 1x Mark 13-2 torpedo or 450 kg of bombs.

Capacity Zuladung 1 Pilot, 1 Gunner
                   

- Last update 30. December 2012

Written 20. May 2006

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