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Curtiss F8C Helldiver

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Curtiss F8C Helldiver
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Specifications
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fighter/bomber
two
Curtiss D12-E
435 h.p.
2,875 lbs.
4,475 lbs.
200 lbs.
none
6 x .30 cal.
27 ft. 2 in.
38 ft.
98 mph
140 mph
950 fpm
14,000 feet
630 miles
1925





The Curtiss F8C Helldiver was deployed as a fighter/bomber by the United States Marine Corps in 1925. It was originally designated the Curtiss Falcon by the manufacturer.

F8C Helldiver aircraft saw action in the Brazilian Air Force in their war of 1932, with the Bolivian Air Force in the Chaco War, and the Columbian Air Force fighting against Peru.

F8C Helldivers were retired from U.S.M.C. active duty in 1936.

A total of 150 Curtiss F8C Helldiver aircraft were produced.


Curtiss F8C Helldiver
Curtiss F8C Helldiver - Jack Steward

The airplane picture immediately above and in the first two pictures below is the magnificent Curtiss F8C Helldiver built by Jack Steward and flown by his brother Jay. The model has won numerous contests. It has a 64" wingspan and is 52" long. It is powered by a OS .91 four cycle engine. All up weight is 13 lbs. 4 oz.

The bottom picture is of the 1/12 scale Curtiss F8C Helldiver posted to RC Groups by Ribstitch.

Kit Cutters has the Curtiss F8C Helldiver kit and plans for sale. It is a Dick Katz design and measures 48" wingspan, 38" length, and works best when pulled by a .40 two cycle engine.

Aerofred.com has three view drawings that can help in building a Curtiss F8C Helldiver.

The AMA has Curtiss F8C Helldiver plans for sale. They build to a 30" wingspan. Plan no. 31121.


Curtiss F8C Helldiver
Curtiss F8C Helldiver - J. Steward


Curtiss F8C Helldiver
Steward readying his Curtiss F8C Helldiver


Curtiss F8C Helldiver
Curtiss F8C Helldiver - Ribstitch


Megowcoup of RC Groups posted about the F8C Helldiver.

At RC Universe conhank was looking for a Curtiss F8C Helldivert.

At RC Universe scale dail asked for F8C pictures.

Kiwi of RC Groups posted about the Curtiss F8C.

At RC Groups kenny e posted PDF file plans for a F8C.

DoctorWho of RC Groups mentions the Curtiss F8C Helldiver in a posting.

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