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Curtis Shrike Info

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Curtis Shrike Info
Posted by ChrisJH666 on Monday, October 09, 2017 2:58 PM

Several times I have come across a photo of a Curtis Shrike in RAAF colours, but until now have been unable to find out more ( to be fair I hadn't tried too hard just yet!). Now I find the shrike was just a land based version of the Helldiver. Does anyone know what differences there were - obviously no tailhook would be one! - or know of any books on the Helldiver which cover the Shrike, or at least have a few more photo's?



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Posted by seasick on Monday, October 09, 2017 6:26 PM

Curtiss produced several aircraft called Shrike.  A-25 Shrike was a land based version of the SB2C HellDiver.  There were big cancelations of orders because of all the problems with the aircraft. As far as I could find out the British and Australians only accepted a small number of aircraft and they were used as trainers and target tugs. The problems with the aircraft were fixed later. The aircraft had stability problems, it was refered to in USN service as the Son of a *** 2nd class. (a play on its designation) becuase of its problems. 

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Posted by Don Stauffer on Tuesday, October 10, 2017 9:06 AM

The earlier Shrike, the Curtiss A-12, was a golden age (yellow wings) plane of the thirties.  Czech Models has, or used to have, a very nice kit of it.


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Posted by Devil Dawg on Friday, October 13, 2017 11:25 PM

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Posted by fermis on Friday, October 13, 2017 11:36 PM

From what I recall...the biggest difference, visible, between the Shrike and Helldiver (other than the obvious colors/markings) is the tail wheel.

A-25 had a larger, air filled tire, while the Helldiver had a solid tail wheel. (I can't say that's 100% accurate...but that is what I recall when I was looking into converting an SB2C to an's been a couple-few 

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Posted by ChrisJH666 on Monday, October 16, 2017 2:52 PM

YesThanks for the info guys.Much appreciated



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