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Curtis SB2C-5 Helldiver (Updated) by OpticaLLightspeed Curtis SB2C-5 Helldiver (Updated) by OpticaLLightspeed
A Curtis SB2C-5 Helldiver. Of 7000 that were built during the war, this example is the only airworthy airframe of the type flying in the world currently. There are however others in various conditions of restoration as well as museum examples. This aircraft was photographed performing a flight demo at the NAS Jacksonville Air Show on Saturday, November 5, 2011. It belongs to the Commemorative Air Force formerly the Conferderate Air force.
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OpticaLLightspeed Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2015  Professional Photographer
The problem I have is that these aircraft may show up on rare occasions, it will probably some time before the SB2C is back in my neighborhood!
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Enforcer57 Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2015  New Deviant Hobbyist Photographer
This is the best shot of this AC I've ever seen, certainly better than any of mine (none of which I've posted yet - time). Looks like the overcast helped a bit; I prefer shooting in overcasts. I shot it a few times, including the 89 and 90 shows at Harlengen, but it was bright sunlight.
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OpticaLLightspeed Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2015  Professional Photographer
Thank you very much! This was my first time photographing this aircraft, the weather and sky certainly added challenges that I was not anticipating, however for a first time it's passable, I think the images I captured of this aircraft at Tico last year far surpass these images here
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Enforcer57 Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2015  New Deviant Hobbyist Photographer
Yeah, you got such a perfect angle, and the gunner looking up really made it unique. Very lucky there, plus you just got a great shot. I wanna shoot this bird again someday......somehow.
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Deoradhain Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2014
After viewing this beautiful aircraft... I think I got a bit too excited.
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Midway2009 Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Awesome aircraft. :D
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Camerartus Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2014  Professional General Artist
Your ability to capture these planes in mid-flight is quite impressive!
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OpticaLLightspeed Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2014  Professional Photographer
Thank you for the kind words!
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CaptainPrower Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
I remember this plane. One of these was involved in a collision that destroyed the Akutan Zero.
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Busaman Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Look at the size of those rear control surfaces, they could be off a large bomber !+fav 
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DemonDogMarine1960 Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2013
LSO KNOWN AS THE SON-OF-A-BITCH SECOND CLASS; As it was not popular with the pilots that flew it.  I much prefer the "Diving Dauntless"  Helped us win The Battle of Midway, which destroyed the Japanese.
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plumpener Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2013   Photographer
What a fun job that gunner has!
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CUTANGUS Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Beautiful shot of the "beast".
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CerebralPizza Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Wow! Wish I could see this in person!
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Russian-Fox Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2012
Riding in the back seat must be quite the experience. With the canopy rolled forward and the "turtle back" lowered...it must feel like you're flying without the aircraft.
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ltla9000311 Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
A beautiful picture of a one of a kind aircraft.

You are fortunate to have seen it take to the air again.
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cosmo4545 Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
amazing shot with your camera, i love the picture
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OpticaLLightspeed Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2011  Professional Photographer
Thank you!
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cosmo4545 Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
no problem, it pleases me when i see somebody with the skill to take amazing photos like that, and just another congratulations!
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OpticaLLightspeed Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2011  Professional Photographer
Your too kind, again thank you!
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Wingnut55 Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2011
good shot, this pov catches its beefiness.
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OpticaLLightspeed Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2011  Professional Photographer
NImble as hell in the air too!
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Penguinclaw Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2011
Awesome shot of one of those truly great aircraft! I had no idea there were any left :) In fact I was convinced when I saw the smaller image that it was a model........
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OpticaLLightspeed Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2011  Professional Photographer
Suprised the hell out of me when I saw it yesterday that's for sure.
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focallength Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2011
Nice shot. I had hoped to see it in Reading, PA in 2010 but it was so crowded I decided not to go in. Wasn't worth the grief.
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OpticaLLightspeed Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2011  Professional Photographer
I know the feeling! And Thank you!
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focallength Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2011
You're very welcome.
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OpticaLLightspeed Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2011  Professional Photographer
:)
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Enterprise206 Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
you know even though she is the only Helldiver in the world that flys which is great in all, but being an only flyer carries with it GREAT risk and i heard that these planes had problem with the engine cutting out.
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OpticaLLightspeed Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2011  Professional Photographer
Risk is something we all deal with when we get up in the morning. Personnaly I'm proud to see the grand old aircraft being flown as it was designed to be flown irregardless of the risk. If there are no Guts...There is no glory!!!!
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Enterprise206 Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
well said. i too love seeing these old ladies alive and kicking. and hope the next generation and the generation after that enjoys these beautiful machines as much as we have
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Valder137 Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
Great shot Jim!!!
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OpticaLLightspeed Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2011  Professional Photographer
Thank you very much my friend.
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PicTd Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2011  Professional Photographer
Great image Jim, that 7D has some sensor!! excellent detail captured
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OpticaLLightspeed Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2011  Professional Photographer
Interesting sidebar. because of the lousey weather, Most of these images had to be shot 2 to 3-stops over-exposed due to the dark-blue paint scheme of the aircraft sooooo the sky is totally blown out....however the detail on the aircraft is right on! LOVE my 7D.....!!!!!!
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shelbs2 Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2011
beautiful shot!
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OpticaLLightspeed Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2011  Professional Photographer
Thanks very much. This is one of those once in a life-time shots I'm afraid.
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shelbs2 Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2011
well worth it though. maybe one day I'll be lucky enough to see this bird fly
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OpticaLLightspeed Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2011  Professional Photographer
I Hope so!
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Daniel-Wales-Images Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2011   Photographer
Beautiful shot! I would love to see it fly someday.
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OpticaLLightspeed Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2011  Professional Photographer
This was a REAL suprise yesterday, I about fell over when I saw this aircraft in the flight demo pen. And right next to it sat a Banshee A-24B(SBD-3 Dauntless) also in the flight Demo pen. Both of these aircraft in flying condition are so rare it is unheard of and to see them both together at the same air show. They did not disappoint either as they put on probably the best demonstration for their types abilities for the gathered masses. If the weather had just cooporated I would have had better images of thes two as they do not travel to the Eastern U.S. much due to the corrosive conditions of the East coast. They are better suited to the super dry and arid conditions of the Southwestern U.S.
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Canon EOS 7D
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1/197 second
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Nov 5, 2011, 1:15:37 PM
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