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Curtiss O-52 Owl Military Aircraft

The Curtiss O-52 Owl was designed in the late 1930's for the United States Army Air Corps as an observation aircraft, 203 aircraft were produced, all but 26 Owl's, which were sent to the USSR, were supplied to the USAAC and became operational in 1940, by the time the USA Entered WW2 in 1942 they had been deemed to have inadequate performance for a war time reconnaissance role and were re-designated for courier duties within the US mainland only.

Curtiss O-52 Owl Military Aircraft

 

Curtiss O-52 Owl Specifications:

  • General characteristics
  • Length: 26 ft 4 in (8 m)
  • Wingspan: 40 ft 9 in (12.4 m)
  • Height: 9 ft 11 in (3 m)
  • Loaded weight: 5,364 lb (2,433 kg)
  • Engines: Single 600 hp (447 kW) Pratt & Whitney R-1340-51
  • Performance
  • Maximum speed: 215 mph (346 km/h)
  • Cruise speed: 169 mph (272 km/h)
  • Range: 455 miles (732 km)
  • Service ceiling 23,200 ft (7,100 m)

Curtiss O-52 Owl Armament:

  • One forward firing and one rearward firing .30-cal (7.62 mm) machine guns
 

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