Curtiss A-25 Shrike / Helldiver


The A-25 was the Army version of the Curtiss SB2C Helldiver. Click here to go to the Helldiver page. Initially named the "Shrike", it later was called by the Navy name "Helldiver".

Army version of SB2C-1 Helldiver carrier-based dive bomber. Larger wheels, no arrestor gear, no folding wings. One Wright R-2600 radial, crew of 2. Four 0.50-cal guns in wing, one flexible 0.30-cal gun in rear cockpit. Speed: 285 mph at 12,400 ft. Range: 1090 miles with 2000-lb bomb load. 900 delivered to US Army. Army eventually decided that it didn't need dive bombers, and the A-25 never entered combat. Most used as trainers and target tugs. Ten were delivered to Australia. 410 were turned over to the US Marine Corps, which used them as operational trainers under the designation SB2C-1A.
(Info from Joe Baugher's webpage at:

For information on the Army A-25, click here for Joe Baugher's webpage.
USAF archives on this aircraft, click here.
Additional information on this aircraft can be found at Wikipedia HERE.
(updated February 2009)

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