Curtiss A-25A Shrike: One dive too many.

The A-25A Shrike was a land-based variant of the Curtiss Helldiver procured in quantity (around 900) by the USAAF. In the end an almost utter wastage of a decent warplane. The USAAF had never been found of the dive bomber concept in reality, and they never found an use from their maybe “too-US. Navy” Shrikes. They served as trainers and target tugs with the USAAF and almost half of the production even reverted somehow to their naval heritage when transferred to the US. Marines for the same duties. No war record with the Marines either.

Neat propaganda poster. I kinda like the Curtiss’ family tree at the bottom; the original Shrike included.

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