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XBT2C
The XBT2C-1
Role Attack aircraft
National origin United States
Manufacturer Curtiss Aeroplane and Motor Company
First flight March 1945
Number built 9
Developed from Curtiss XBTC

The Curtiss XBT2C was an experimental single-engined dive/torpedo bomber developed during World War II. It was based on the Curtiss XBTC single seat dive/torpedo bomber, but used a less powerful engine Wright R-3350 radial engine and could carry a second crew member in the rear fuselage. It was fitted with radar, which was carried in a pod under the starboard wing. Nine of ten projected aircraft were built. They were Curtiss' last type for the U.S. Navy. All were scrapped in the late 1940s.[1]

Operators[]

United States

Specifications (XBT2C-1)[]

XBT2C-1 side view.

XBT2C-1 underside view.

Data from Curtiss Aircraft 1907–1947[2]

General characteristics

  • Crew: 1 or 2
  • Length: 39 ft 2 in (11.93 m)
  • Wingspan: 47 ft 7⅛ in (14.5 m)
  • Height: 12 ft 1 in (3.68 m)
  • Wing area: 416 ft² (38.64 m²)
  • Empty weight: 12,268 lb (5,565 kg)
  • Max. takeoff weight: 19,022 lb (8,628 kg)
  • Powerplant: 1 × Wright R-3350-24 Duplex-Cyclone 18-cylinder, two-row, air-cooled radial engine, 2,500 hp (1,865 kW)

Performance

  • Maximum speed: 330 mph (287 knots, 531 km/h) at 17,000 ft (5,200 m)
  • Range: 1,310 mi (1,139 nmi, 2,108 km)
  • Service ceiling: 26,300 ft (8,016 m)
  • Rate of climb: 1,890 ft/min (9.6 m/s)

Armament

  • Guns: 2 × 20 mm (0.79 in) cannon (wing)
  • Bombs: 2,000 lb (907 kg)

See also[]

References[]

  1. U.S. Naval Aviation News September 1979, pp.20-21
  2. Bowers 1979, p. 450.
  • Bowers, Peter M. (1979). Curtiss Aircraft 1907–1947. London: Putnam. ISBN 0-370-10029-8. 
  • Donald, David (1997). The Complete Encyclopedia of World Aircraft. NY, NY: Barnes & Noble. ISBN 0-7607-0592-5. 
  • Thomason, Tommy H. (2009). Strike from the Sea: U.S. Navy Attack Aircraft From Skyraider to Super Hornet 1948-Present. North Branch, MN: Specialty Press. ISBN 978-1-58007-132-1. 

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