May 15, 1939
A contract was issued to Curtiss-Wright for the XSB2C-1 dive bomber, thereby completing action on a 1938 design competition. The preceding month, Brewster had received a contract for the XSB2A-1. As part of the mobilization in ensuing years, large production orders were issued for both aircraft, but serious managerial and developmental problems were encountered which eventually contributed to discarding the SB2A and prolonged pre-operational development of SB2C. Despite this, the SB2C Helldiver would become the principal operational carrier dive bomber. Retired from the active Navy in 1947, SB2Cs continued to serve in the reserves until 1950.
Theater: North America
Source: Naval History & Heritage Command