Title: Curtiss SB2C Helldiver

Designed to a US Navy specification for a new scout-bomber to replace the earlier biplane SBC Helldiver, the first Curtiss XSB2C Helldiver was flown in 1940. Large scale production was quickly authorised and it entered US Navy service in 1942. This was the final combat aeroplane built by the famous Curtiss company and with over 7,000 examples produced was the most numerous of all US Navy dive-bombers.

This title contains four flight manuals for various models of the Curtiss SB2C. The files have been scanned from the original flight manuals and retain any colour pages.


This title contains:

  • Curtis produced US Navy Pilot’s Handbook for the SB2C-1-1C airplane, dated 31-1-44 with approx 130 pages.
  • US Navy Pilot’s Handbook of Flight Operating Instructions for the SB2C-3/4, SB2F-3/4 and SBW-3/4, NAVAER 01-25AC-501 dated 15-7-45 with approx 87 pages.
  • US Navy Preliminary Pilot’s Handbook of Flight Operating Instructions for the SB2C-5, AN 01-25AD-1 dated 1-5-45 with approx 68 pages.
  • Curtis produced booklet titled “Pilot and Beast – what every young pilot should know about the Helldiver”. A somewhat lighthearted introduction to the Helldiver aircraft for the pilot just transitioning, undated with approx 42 pages.