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    Posted 3 years ago

    fortapache
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    This is a vintage 8x10 photo of a Curtis Helldiver which had crash landing on a carrier deck. Looks like it was either a wheels up landing and the landing gear failed on landing. Either was a good job done by the pilot.
    The Helldiver was the replace for the Douglas SPD Dauntless dive bomber. It was not a popular replacement. That big tail probably made it a bit difficult for the rear gunner.
    The last photo is a packing card for the Mini-Planes Helldiver. It gives some stats that may be of interest.

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    1. steve85018 steve85018, 3 years ago
      It's hard to believe that during a time of war... these usually just got pushed into the sea. That wreck would be worth hugs sums of money today.
    2. blunderbuss2 blunderbuss2, 3 years ago
      That's usually followed with, "Oops!". They don't throw planes over except in emergencies. Here's what they do normally: Spend $ millions delivering them to countries who buy them for 1 dollar. The card shows a trapeze rig for releasing the bomb like the Stuka to keep the bomb from meeting the prop on the way down.
    3. fortapache fortapache, 3 years ago
      Thank you very much steve85018. That is a rare plane now. A couple million $ over the deck.
    4. fortapache fortapache, 3 years ago
      Thank you very much bb2. It is also has an internal bomb bay along with the trapeze.
    5. shareurpassion shareurpassion, 3 years ago
      Wow! What a great photo to have! You're right Either the pilot was good or just very lucky!!! That's amazing.
    6. blunderbuss2 blunderbuss2, 3 years ago
      Fort, don't forget the $1 loss for a NO SALE. Looks like a wheels-up to me, but that isn't so easy with flight deck crew monitoring. "There are those who have & those that will", is the expression. Real slow at taxi !
    7. fortapache fortapache, 3 years ago
      Thank you very much shareurpassion. Carrier landing are hard enough with proper landing gear.
    8. fortapache fortapache, 3 years ago
      Yessbb2. Yes got to have that $1. Looked it up and found there are 9 left in the world and 5 of those are under restoration so these would have been a great investment.
      I'll guess the gear wouldn't go down or one wouldn't and they wanted him to land in the ocean.
    9. fortapache fortapache, 3 years ago
      Thank you
      mikelv85
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    10. fortapache fortapache, 3 years ago
      Thank you EJW-54.
    11. blunderbuss2 blunderbuss2, 3 years ago
      I believe those carrier decks were wooden.
    12. fortapache fortapache, 3 years ago
      Yes bb2 they were wood. The US and Japanese carriers had wooden decks so they could carry more planes. British carriers had armored decks and carried less aircraft.
    13. blunderbuss2 blunderbuss2, 3 years ago
      Interesting trivia. Facts & reasons.
    14. fortapache fortapache, 3 years ago
      Thanks bb2. British carriers operated in the Mediterranean in reach of land based planes so they went with more protection.
    15. fortapache fortapache, 3 years ago
      Thank you
      vintagelamp
      michaeln544
    16. blunderbuss2 blunderbuss2, 3 years ago
      I can't recall any carrier action in the Med.. Ah, another interesting facet to research while I wait to be released to go home.
    17. steve85018 steve85018, 3 years ago
      Imagine being next in line to land.... and running low on fuel.
    18. fortapache fortapache, 3 years ago
      Thank you very much Steve. That would be frustrating.
    19. fortapache fortapache, 3 years ago
      Good luck getting released bb2. Then you can get back to the cyber asylum.
    20. blunderbuss2 blunderbuss2, 3 years ago
      I'll bet even staff cracks a smile on "CyberAsylum".
    21. ho2cultcha ho2cultcha, 3 years ago
      hard to believe that thing can get airborn! it looks so fat and heavy - the bloated goose.
    22. fortapache fortapache, 3 years ago
      Thank you very much ho2cutcha. It wasn't the fastest plane in the sky.
    23. fortapache fortapache, 3 years ago
      Thank you
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    24. fortapache fortapache, 3 years ago
      Thank you bobby725.
    25. fortapache fortapache, 3 years ago
      Thank you SEAN68.
    26. fortapache fortapache, 6 months ago
      Thank you
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