AIR: Helldiver, 1941

One outfit that was not surprised by the first shattering havoc wrought by German Stukas was the U. S. Navy. For Navy fliers had first conceived and developed the technique of launching a bomb from an airplane diving as close to the vertical as possible. But because U. S. citizens and their Congress believed in penny-pinching Army & Navy upkeep in peacetime, most of the Navy's dive-bombers today are obsolescent biplanes, descendants of the first Curtiss Helldiver.

Last week the Navy got a 1941 model Helldiver, a slick, fat-bodied monoplane that it designated...

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