THE SAGA OF THE CURTISS SB2C
In wartime it is not uncommon for certain weapons to be rushed into production simply as a matter of logistic expediency. Then again, it's often a matter of political dynamics where in Newton's Law that objects in motion tend to remain in motion is mindlessly perpetuated, as in lucrative government procurement contracts. There were dozens of examples of this phenomenon in WW II which often saw ships built that were not needed, tanks mass-produced that blew up with such frequency that they were nicknamed "Ronsons," or guns delivered that no one dared to fire. But few of these boondoggles reached the enormity of the saga of the Curtiss SB2C Helldiver, a dive-bomber that went on to win combat laurels even though it's very existence caused a scandal which eventually collapsed one of America's largest aircraft manufacturers, the once-esteemed Curtiss-Wright Corporation.
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