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Curtiss-Wright CW.12 Military Trainer Aircraft

The Curtiss-Wright CW.12 was a Training aircraft designed in the late 1920's by Herbert Rawdon and Ted Wells for Travel Air Mfg Co., whilst Travel Air is not a partially well known name now in the aircraft world, it was the reason for numerous others locating their aircraft producing companies in Wichita, including Walter Beech, Clyde Cessna and Lloyd Stearman. When Curtiss-Wright was formed in July 1929 by the merger of Travel Air Mfg Co and 11 other aeronautical companies all in financial trouble as result of the Great Depression, the aircraft was re-branded as the Curtiss-Wright CW-12 and CW-16.

Curtiss-Wright CW.12 Military Trainer Plane


Although designed as a high-performance training aircraft it was not designed as a military trainer, it was however purchased in it's CW-16 three seat variant in small numbers by the Air Forces of Bolivia and Ecuador.

The aircraft pictured above is a pristine 1929 Curtiss-Wright CW.12 Radial engine powered Travel Air trainer now resident in the UK.

Curtiss-Wright CW-12Q Specifications:

  • Crew: Two, pilot and instructor
  • Length: 21 ft 5 in (6.53 m)
  • Wingspan: 28 ft 10 in (8.79 m)
  • Engine: Single Wright licence-built de Havilland Gipsy, 90 hp (67 kW)
  • Maximum speed: 105 mph (169 km/h)
  • Range: 600 miles (970 km)2

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