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6 September 2019

Cockpit of the Curtiss BFC-2 Goshawk with its prominently positioned sight—©2019 Joseph May/SlipstreamPhotography

The bright green cowling of the VF-14’s Goshawk surrounds its Wright R-1510 Whirlwind 9-cylinder radial engine—©2019 Joseph May/SlipstreamPhotography

The Goshwak’s starboard profile especially showing the symbol for VF-14 “Tophatters” (note the canopy slides but halfway forward as pilots preferred an open cockpit at the time)—©2019 Joseph May/SlipstreamPhotography

One hard point under the fuselage and one under each wing marks the Goshawk as a fighter bomber able to execute the then novel steep dive bombing technique. A pair of forward firing (0.30) machine guns allowed for fighter responsibilities, as well—©2019 Joseph May/SlipstreamPhotography

The Curtiss BFC-2 Goshawk was designed in the early 1930s pursuant to the novel strategy of a light bomber for the US Navy as well as the USMC. Soon they would be termed dive bomber as the technique was refined to 70º stoops followed by 9G recoveries. Later, still, the term would simply be attack aircraft. This aircraft is displayed in the National Naval Aviation Museum which has a BFC-2 page and a BFC-2 Goshawk virtual cockpit page.

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