Dive Bomber

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Dive Bomber movie poster.

Movie (1941)

Errol Flynn (Lieutenant Douglas S. Lee)
Fred MacMurray (Lieutenant Commander Joe Blake)
Ralph Bellamy (Lieutenant Commander Lance Rogers)

Hollywood testimonies towards surgeons of the US Navy in their efforts to find solutions to high altitude flying and tigh maneuvers of the new generation airplanes. Full technicolor just in time the U.S. Navy started to paint their planes in grey.

Vought SB2U-2 Vindicator

DiveBomber SB2U VB6.jpg
DiveBomber SB2U 3B3.jpg
Vought SB2U-2 Vindicator, s/n 1333, of VB-3 "Black Panther", U.S. Navy.
DiveBomber SB2U TO.jpg
Vought SB2U-2 Vindicator of VB-6 "Black Rams", USS Enterprise, U.S. Navy.
Vought SB2U-2 Vindicator of VS-41, U.S. Navy.

Douglas TBD-1 Devastator

DiveBomber TBD-Flight.jpg
DiveBomber TBD FoldingWings.jpg
Douglas TBD-1 Devastator of VT-3 "Dragons", U.S. Navy.

Brewster F2A Buffalo

DiveBomber Brewster.jpg
DiveBomber Brewster deck.jpg

Curtiss SBC-2

DiveBomber Curtiss SBC.jpg
DiveBomber Curtiss SBC TO.jpg

Curtiss SOC-2 Seagull

With its black cowling, here on wheels as SOC-2(usually on floats as SOC-1 or SOC-4).

DiveBomber SOC-2.jpg
DiveBomber SOC-2b.jpg
DiveBomber SOC-2c.jpg

Naval Aircraft Factory N3N-1 Canary

Naval Aircraft Factory N3N-1, s/n 1978.
DiveBomber N3N badge.jpg

Naval Aircraft Factory N3N-3 Canary

Naval Aircraft Factory N3N-3, s/n 2590.
DiveBomber NAF N3N.jpg

Consolidated PB2Y Coronado

Sorry about the poor screenshot ! The four engines, twin tails and yellow wings with a natural metal fuselage is a Consolidated PB2Y Coronado.

DiveBomber PB2Y-Coronado.jpg
DiveBomber PB2Y-Coronado2.jpg

Another one is seen in flight among the flypast at the end of the movie (sorry for the small size of this screenshot).

DiveBomber PB2Y-Coronado3.jpg

Grumman F3F-2

Grumman F3F-2, s/n 0978 of VF-6, U.S. Navy.
DiveBomber F3Fagain.jpg

Grumman F3F-3

Grumman F3F-3, s/n 1451.

Seen too through a model.

DiveBomber Grumman F3F model.jpg

Ryan ST-A

Fitted with a cowling design for a radial engine and acting as the latest british fighter !

DiveBomber RyanTO.jpg

Consolidated PBY-4 Catalina

Some others are seen near the Consolidated PB2Y Coronado (one in the Blue Grey paint scheme, the other one in the old Chrome Yellow -like the Coronado-).

DiveBomber PBY-4.jpg

Lockheed L-10A Electra

DiveBomber L-10c.jpg
DiveBomber L-10d.jpg

North American SNJ-3

North American SNJ-3, s/n 6786 of the U.S. Navy.
DiveBomber SNJ-3a.jpg
DiveBomber SNJ-3b.jpg

Vought OS2U Kingfisher

Between the red cowling and the yellow wing of two Grumman F3F.

DiveBomber Vindicator.jpg

Northrop BT-1

Northrop BT-1 of VB-5 "Red devils" but wearing the VS-41 badge. Only 54 of this aircraft have been built.

DiveBomber Northrop BT-1.jpg
DiveBomber Northrop BT-1 big.jpg
DiveBomber BT-1m.jpg
Northrop BT-1 with a mechanic on its wing.

Link Trainer

DiveBomber FlightSim1.jpg

Another one more colorfull (the blind canopy is yellow and in place of the engine, the pre-war US roundel).

DiveBomber FlightSim2.jpg


One of the numerous objects linked to aviation seen throughout the insider scenes . This unidentified shape (which looks like a Wedell-Williams Special) worn the sentence : "Bachelor Officiers Quarters / Naval Air Station Pearl Harbor".

DiveBomber hashes.jpg
DiveBomber hashes1.jpg

Curtiss XSB2C-1 Helldiver

The type entered service in 1943. In 1941, it was in flight testing since the beginning of the year.

DiveBomber Curtiss SB2C.jpg

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