W.T. LARKINS COLLECTION
No. 12780. Curtiss 98 XBT2C-1 ("ST 81") US Navy
Photographed by W.T. Larkins
04/30/2015. Remarks by Johan Visschedijk
: "On March 27, 1945, the USN gave Curtiss a contract for ten XBT2C-1
bomber-torpedo aircraft, BuNo. 50879 to 50888. While generally similar to the XBTC, these had the smaller 2,500 hp Wright R-3350-24 engine with single-rotation propeller and could carry a second crewman in the aft fuselage. Armament consisted of two 0.787 in (20 mm) cannon, eight 5 in (127 mm) wing rockets and one 2,000 lb (907 kg) bomb or two 500 lb (227 kg) or four 250 lb (113 kg) bombs. Search radar was carried in a pod under the starboard wing. The wings of the XBT2C-1 folded in the manner of the SB2C. In the photo the doors of the long internal bomb bay are open and the perforated wing flaps are lowered. In spite of being ordered later than the XBTC, the XBT2C-1 flew first, on January 24, 1946; only nine of the ten ordered were completed. The XBT2C-1 was the last Curtiss type for the USN.