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SB2C-4 Helldiver (the only one)

 
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Aug 16, 2015 12:34 |  #16

fish dog wrote in post #16667204 (external link)
Just got a little more info, in case anyone's curious, they're looking for $750,000 to restore it as a static display...might be a while.

BUMP...

Any updates?

Have fund raising efforts begun?


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Aug 19, 2015 00:07 |  #17

Just checked the National Museum of Naval Aviation web site. Looks like nothing has changed as far as the restoration.




  
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Dec 18, 2017 08:43 |  #18

Sadly, looks like the OP removed the photos.


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Dec 18, 2017 12:10 |  #19

Perfectly Frank wrote in post #18520767 (external link)
Sadly, looks like the OP removed the photos.

Nope, photobucket and their new $300 a year policy removed them. But, since someone's interested give me a while and I'll repost some of them.




  
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Dec 18, 2017 12:24 |  #20

Repost by request - photo links fixed (no thanks to photobucket)

fish dog wrote in post #16649018 (external link)
Thought ya'all might be interested in this, and the story behind it...

May 28, 1945 my Uncle (Dad's older brother) was gunner on a SB2C-4 Helldiver dive bomber on a practice bombing mission. The engine cut out and they ended up doing a water landing in Lower Otay lake, near San Diego. Both he and the pilot got out okay, and they actually hitch hiked back to the base. 64 years later a fisherman found the plane in 85 feet of water on his Hummingbird sonar. August 20, 2010 they recovered the plane and it was sent to the National Naval Aviation Museum in Pensacola, FL for restoration. My dad and I were invited down for the recovery (my uncle had passed away in 2004) and were given "press pass" access. Also on hand was the pilot's son (he had also passed away earlier). Funny thing is I never had heard this story before, or, if I did, it was so long ago I didn't remember it. I've even duck hunted on Lower Otay many years ago, I may have even passed over the plane in the boat and never knew it. Kind of a neat bit of family history.

As far as I know this is the only SB2C-4 in existence (which is why they went to the trouble of recovering it). I've tried to follow up on this and see if there has been any progress on the restoration but I haven't been able to find anything. (If anyone happens to be going to the National Naval Aviation Museum in Pensacola, FL maybe you could check for me?)

Anyway, though ya'all might be interested in some of the recovery pictures.

Seeing sunlight for the first time in 65 years.
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The engine (almost ripped off in the ditching).
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Looking down the starboard wing.
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Dec 18, 2017 12:27 |  #21

Last couple photos....

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Setting her down safely.
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What's left of the tail. The control surfaces were fabric and pretty much rotted away.
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Dec 18, 2017 12:43 |  #22

Thanks for re-posting those photos.


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