The SB2C-5 represented an improvement over previous variants. A redesigned cockpit grouped all electrically controlled equipment in a console on the pilot’s right side, and all mechanical controls in a console on the left. Instruments were located in panels in front of the pilot. While aircraft builder Curtiss-Wright had hoped to upgrade to a Pratt & Whitney R-2800 engine and increase the fuselage length by 20 inches, the modifications were scrapped as being too much change at one time.
Of the more than 7,200 Helldivers produced, only a few remain. The one in the Museum’s collection will eventually go on display in the Udvar-Hazy Center, where it will represent the state of U.S. naval technology in the Pacific Theater during World War II.