Aviation Print of Painting by award winning military artist Robert Grant Smith. Painting is of the "Curtis SBC-4 Scout Bomber" by R. G. Smith A multicolor lithograph depicting aircraft from Squadron VS-2. USS Lexington from the "Golden Wings" series commissioned by the MPB Corp. and hand signed in pencil by R. G. Smith. RARE
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As the name "Corsair" was given to several Navy fighters, the name "Helldiver" was similarly applied to a series of Curtiss-built Navy and Marine Corps dive-bombers; from a plane based on the Curtiss F8C Falcon in 1928, to the SB2C Helldiver of 1940-1946. The SBC Helldiver appeared in 1933 and was the last combat biplane manufactured in the U.S. The SBC-3 Helldiver of 1936 had fullly-enclosed cockpits, retractable wheels, all-metal fuselage and fabric covered wings.
The SBC-4 evolved in 1938 with two .30 caliber machine guns, a Wright R-1820-34 engine and capability of carrying a 1,000 lb. bomb. Two hundred of these aircraft were in service with the U.S. Navy and Marine air units at the time of the attack on Pearl Harbor in 1941.
This print was commissioned in the 70s. Still in original frame. He artwork included sketches in addition to painting. His artwork is displayed by many museums, the Smithsonian and the White House.
Robert Grant Smith's aviation paintings and prints can be found in museums, and private collections, in the wardrooms of naval vessels, on the walls of the Pentagon and countless military installations, and in congressional and corporate offices. A selection of his paintings is on permanent display at the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum.
His powerful depictions of the extraordinary American victory in the great naval battle at Midway between 4-6 June 1942 have helped to raise public awareness and appreciation of the battle that turned the tide against Japan in the Pacific War. His Midway paintings have also helped to fill an historical void caused by the absence of any photographic record of the critical minutes when the tide of the battle finally turned in America's favor.