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North American O-47 Military Aircraft

As can be guessed from the aircraft's designation the North American O-47 was designed in the mid 19360's as an observation platform for the United States Army Air Corps. It entered operational service in 1937 with a total of 239 aircraft being produced. By 1941 it was clear that the was not suitable for modern wartime operation and was only used in WW2 in "safe" duties like target towing and coastal anti-submarine patrols although some North American O-47's were inadvertently caught up in the surprise Japanese attacks on overseas US bases.

North American O-47 Military Aircraft

 
North American 0-47A Specifications:
  • Crew: Three
  • Length: 33 ft 7 in (10.24 m)
  • Wingspan: 46 ft 4 in (14.1 m)
  • Height: 12 ft 2 in (3.7 m)
  • Wing area: 350 ft2 (32.5 m2)
  • Empty weight: 5,980 lb (2,712.5 kg)
  • Loaded weight: 7,636 lb (3,463.6 kg)
  • Engine: Single 975 hp (727 kW) Wright R-1820-49 radial engine
  • Maximum speed: 221 mph (355.7 km/h)
  • Cruise speed: 200 mph (322 km/h)
  • Range: 840 miles (1,352 km)
  • Service ceiling: 23,200 ft (7,071 m)

North American 0-47A Armament:

  • Single fixed wing-mounted forward-firing .30-cal (7.62 mm) machine gun
  • Single flexible .30-cal (7.62 mm) machine gun in rear cockpit
 

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