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Curtiss Eagle Curtiss Eagle


At the urging of the Aeronautical Society of New York to represent it in the ...

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Curtiss Reims Racer

1909

Curtiss Reims Racer

Curtiss No.1 Gold Bug / Golden Flyer Curtiss No.1 Gold Bug / Golden Flyer

1909

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In 1909, Glenn Curtiss decided to try for the $10,000 prize posted by the New York ...

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Curtiss Hudson Flyer

1910

Curtiss Hudson Flyer

Curtiss Hydro Curtiss Hydro

1911

The first successful flight of what was originally called a hydroaeroplane or simply hydro, but is ...

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The Model D was typical of the relatively obsolescent landplane types being built at the ...

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Curtiss Model D

1911

Curtiss Model D

Curtiss Model E Curtiss Model E

1911


The second Curtiss hydro was a notable exception to the standard pusher design. The un-named machine ...

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Curtiss Tractor Hydro

1911

Curtiss Tractor Hydro

Curtiss A-1 Triad Curtiss A-1 Triad

1911


The first Curtiss flying-boat, tried at San Diego on 10 January, 1912, was more a hydro ...

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Curtiss Flying Boat Nr.1

1912

Curtiss Flying Boat Nr.1

Curtiss Flying Boat Nr.2 Flying Fish Curtiss Flying Boat Nr.2 Flying Fish

1912


The definitive 1913 Model F was used by the US Army as well as the ...

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Curtiss Model F

1913

Curtiss Model F

Curtiss JN-4 Curtiss JN-4

1915

The Curtiss JN-4 two-seat biplane soon acquired the nickname 'Jenny' which was used widely during ...

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At the beginning of 1915 there appeared the prototype Curtiss Model R, which was in ...

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Curtiss Model 2 / R-2 / R-3

1915

Curtiss Model 2 / R-2 / R-3

Curtiss S-2 Wireless Curtiss S-2 Wireless

1916

The S-2 was essentially lhe Model S-1 fitted with new wings and a strut ...

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Four examples of the Model L-2 triplane were built, three for the US Navy and ...

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Curtiss Model L

1916

Curtiss Model L

Curtiss N-9 Curtiss N-9

1916


Also called Baby Scout, the original Model S-1 was the smallest aeroplane that Curtiss could build ...

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Curtiss S-1 Speed Scout

1916

Curtiss S-1 Speed Scout

Curtiss Model T Triplane Curtiss Model T Triplane

1916

At the time of its construction in 1915-16, the Curtiss Model T flying boat was the ...

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During 1917 the US Navy Bureau of Construction and Repair collaborated with Glenn Curtiss in ...

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Curtiss NC

1917

Curtiss NC

Curtiss S-3 Curtiss S-3

1917

Essentially a triplane derivative of the S-2 Wireless (signifying lack of wing bracing wires) unarmed biplane ...

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A refined version of the S-3 with revised strutting carrying the centre section of the ...

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Curtiss S-6

1917

Curtiss S-6

Curtiss H.16 Curtiss H.16

1917

The Curtiss H.16, the prototype of which appeared at the end of 1917, was the ...

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This was a triplane similar to the S-3 intended as a seaplane Scout for ...

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Curtiss S-4

1917

Curtiss S-4

Curtiss Stinson Special Curtiss Stinson Special

1917

In early 1917, before the wartime ban on private flying in the US, the famous aviatrix ...

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During 1917, the US Navy issued the Curtiss company with a contract for five single-seat fighting ...

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Curtiss GS

1918

Curtiss GS

Curtiss CB Curtiss CB

1918

The CB (Curtiss Battleplane), unofficially known as the "Liberty Battler", was an experimental two-seat fighter developed and ...

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Designed by Capt B L Smith of the US Marine Corps as a two-seat patrol fighter ...

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Curtiss HA

1918

Curtiss HA

Curtiss HA-2 Curtiss HA-2

1918

The third HA float fighter prototype embodied considerable redesign as the HA-2. Powered by a ...

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Designed by Charles B Kirkham, the Curtiss 18-T twoseat fighter triplane was ordered by the US ...

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Curtiss 18-T

1918

Curtiss 18-T

Curtiss 18-B Curtiss 18-B

1918

US Army interest in the 18-T prompted Curtiss to offer the same basic design in ...

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The first single-seat fighter of indigenous US design to achieve production status, the Model D was ...

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Curtiss-Orenco D

1919

Curtiss-Orenco D

Curtiss PN-1 Curtiss PN-1

1921

Designed by the US Army Engineering Division as a specialised single-seat night fighter, two prototypes of the ...

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With the usual US Army/US Navy rivalry, the US Army decided it must have racing ...

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Curtiss R-6

1922

Curtiss R-6

Curtiss PW-8 Curtiss PW-8

1924

Progenitor of the famous Hawk series of fighters, the PW-8 (the "PW" prefix indicating "Pursuit Water-cooled") was ...

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The first Curtiss fighter built under the US Navy designating system combining type, sequence of design and ...

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Curtiss F4C

1924

Curtiss F4C

Curtiss F6C Hawk Curtiss F6C Hawk

1925

In March 1925, the US Navy ordered nine P-1s with provision for float operation as ...

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On 7 March 1925, Curtiss was awarded a contract for 15 production examples of the read more ...

Curtiss P-1 Hawk

1925

Curtiss P-1 Hawk

Curtiss O-1 / O-39 Curtiss O-1 / O-39

1925

The first Curtiss biplane to bear the name Falcon was the Liberty-powered Curtiss L-113 (Model ...

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The first radial-engined Hawk resulted from the mating of a P-1A airframe with a 390hp ...

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Curtiss P-3 Hawk

1926

Curtiss P-3 Hawk

Curtiss P-6 Hawk Curtiss P-6 Hawk

1927

Installation of the new 600hp Curtiss V-1570-1 Conqueror engine in a P-2 airframe for participation in ...

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The first Curtiss fighter designed from the outset for shipboard use as opposed to being an ...

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Curtiss F7C-1 Seahawk

1927

Curtiss F7C-1 Seahawk

Curtiss XB-2 Condor Curtiss XB-2 Condor

1927

In development at the same time as the Keystone XB-1, the Curtiss XB-2 was quite similar but ...

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To meet a US Marine Corps requirement for a two-seat fighter with bombing and observation capability, ...

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Curtiss F8C-1, F8C-3

1928

Curtiss F8C-1, F8C-3

Curtiss P-5 Superhawk Curtiss P-5 Superhawk

1928

A USAAC contract placed on 14 May 1927 called for five aircraft with airframes essentially similar ...

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On 18 June 1928, the USAAC placed a contract with Curtiss for one prototype of the ...

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Curtiss XP-10

1928

Curtiss XP-10

Curtiss F8C-4, -5 / O2C-1 Helldiver Curtiss F8C-4, -5 / O2C-1 Helldiver

1929

Although designated in the F8C series, the XF8C-2 and XF8C-4 differed extensively from the F8C-1 ...

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The XP-17 comprised the airframe of the first P-1 mated to the new 480hp Wright ...

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Curtiss XP-17

1930

Curtiss XP-17

Curtiss YP-20 Curtiss YP-20

1930

During 1928, the 600hp Curtiss H-1640 Chieftain 12- cylinder air-cooled radial appeared to show promise as a ...

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Designed to meet a lightweight shipboard fighter requirement - other contenders being the Berliner Joyce XFJ-1 and ...

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Curtiss F9C Sparrowhawk / Model 58

1931

Curtiss F9C Sparrowhawk / Model 58

Curtiss A-8 Shrike / Model 59 Curtiss A-8 Shrike / Model 59

1931

The quest for speed led to the production of two competing monoplane prototypes to meet ...

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In 1931, the third production P-6 (which had been converted to P-6A standard) was withdrawn ...

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Curtiss XP-22

1931

Curtiss XP-22

Curtiss BT-32 "Condor" Curtiss BT-32 "Condor"

1932

Not to be confused with the Curtiss B-2 or its 18-passenger Condor airliner development, the ...

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The XP-31 or Curtiss Shrike of 1932-3 was an all-metal, low wing, strut-braced fighter design ...

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Curtiss XP-31

1932

Curtiss XP-31

Curtiss XP-23 Curtiss XP-23

1932

The Curtiss XP-23 was the last biplane in the pursuit series. In most respects an ...

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The first YA-8 was used to test the feasibility of producing a radial engine-powered version ...

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Curtiss YA-10

1932

Curtiss YA-10

Curtiss Hawk II Curtiss Hawk II

1932

The Hawk II was essentially an export version of the XF11C-2 with a Wright R-1820F-3 ...

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The fourth production F11C-2 (Goshawk) was completed with manually-operated retractable main undercarriage members accommodated by a ...

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Curtiss BF2C-1 (F11C-3)

1933

Curtiss BF2C-1 (F11C-3)

Curtiss XF12C Curtiss XF12C

1933

Based on a US Navy Bureau of Aeronautics design for a two-seat fighter, the XF12C-1 all-metal ...

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Perhaps the most unusual single-seat fighter developed by Curtiss was the Model 70, which was designed from ...

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Curtiss XF13C

1933

Curtiss XF13C

Curtiss F11C "Goshawk" Curtiss F11C "Goshawk"

1934

On 16 April 1932, the US Navy ordered two prototypes of a new shipboard fighter under ...

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The US Army had ordered 46 of the A-8B Shrike, but maintenance problems with ...

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Curtiss A-12

1934

Curtiss A-12

Curtiss Model 71 / SOC Seagull Curtiss Model 71 / SOC Seagull

1934

Last of the Curtiss biplanes to be used operationally by the US Navy, the SOC ...

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Requiring a new two-seat fighter, the US Navy ordered a prototype from Curtiss in 1932 ...

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Curtiss SBC Helldiver

1934

Curtiss SBC Helldiver

Curtiss P-36 Mohawk Curtiss P-36 Mohawk

1935

The P-36 or Curtiss Model 75 Hawk, commonly called the Mohawk, began life as ...

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Soon after receiving an order from the USAAC for an evaluation quantity of its Model ...

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Curtiss Hawk 75

1935

Curtiss Hawk 75

Curtiss-Wright CW-19 / CW-23 Curtiss-Wright CW-19 / CW-23

1935

The CW-19L Coupe was designed by George Page as an advanced all-metal two-seat cantilever low-wing ...

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Designed by Donovan R Berlin to participate in a USAAC fighter contest scheduled to take place ...

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Curtiss Model 75

1935

Curtiss Model 75

Curtiss Hawk III & IV Curtiss Hawk III & IV

1935

The export version of the BF2C-1, the Hawk III, differed from the US Navy fighter-bomber ...

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The 'long-nosed' P-37 was a Curtiss attempt in the late 1930s to couple the read more ...

Curtiss P-37

1937

Curtiss P-37

Curtiss P-40 Warhawk Curtiss P-40 Warhawk

1938

One of the early production Curtiss P-36 aircraft was given an 864.4kW Allison V-1710-19 (G-13) ...

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Completed late in 1938 as a company-owned demonstrator, the Hawk 75-R was essentially similar to the USAAC's ...

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Curtiss Hawk 75-R

1938

Curtiss Hawk 75-R

Curtiss-Wright CW-21 Curtiss-Wright CW-21

1938

In 1938, chief engineer Willis Wells of the St Louis Airplane Division of the Curtiss-Wright Corporation ...

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The Curtiss XP-42, a conversion of a P-36A Mohawk airframe, was employed as a testbed ...

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Curtiss XP-42

1939

Curtiss XP-42

Curtiss Model 82 / SO3C Seamew Curtiss Model 82 / SO3C Seamew

1939

In 1937 the US Navy invited proposals for the design of a scout monoplane which ...

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The experimental contract for the Helldiver was awarded by the US Navy on 15 May ...

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Curtiss SB2C Helldiver

1940

Curtiss SB2C Helldiver

Curtiss-Wright CW-20 / C-46 Commando Curtiss-Wright CW-20 / C-46 Commando

1940

The Commando was evolved from the Curtiss-Wright CW-20 which was originally laid out as a ...

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The prototype Curtiss Wright CW-22 two-seat low-wing general-purpose or advanced training monoplace was developed at the ...

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Curtiss-Wright CW-22 / SNC Falcon

1940

Curtiss-Wright CW-22 / SNC Falcon

Curtiss P-40Q Curtiss P-40Q

1940

Prior to the final termination of P-40 development, some effort was expended in combining aerodynamic ...

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The P-60 designation applies to a family of widely different Curtiss fighters, each reflecting the ...

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Curtiss XP-60

1941

Curtiss XP-60

Curtiss XP-46 Curtiss XP-46

1941

The XP-46 of 1939 was a late attempt by Curtiss to capitalize on lessons from ...

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In 1940, with Europe already at war, the US Army Air Corps knew that it ...

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Curtiss-Wright CW-25 / AT-9 Jeep

1941

Curtiss-Wright CW-25 / AT-9 Jeep

Curtiss-Wright CW-24 / XP-55 Ascender Curtiss-Wright CW-24 / XP-55 Ascender

1943

The Curtiss XP-55 Ascender is perhaps best known of the three pusher fighters built for ...

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On 30 June 1941, Curtiss received a prototype development contract for the XF14C-1 single-seat shipboard fighter designed ...

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Curtiss XF14C

1943

Curtiss XF14C

Curtiss XP-62 Curtiss XP-62

1944

The Curtiss XP-62 was the final propeller-driven fighter built by its manufacturer and the second ...

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Development of the Curtiss SC Seahawk began in June 1942, when the US Navy requested ...

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Curtiss SC Seahawk

1944

Curtiss SC Seahawk

Curtiss YP-60E Curtiss YP-60E

1944

In May 1944, Curtiss indicated to the AAF that it wished to abandon further work on ...

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In late 1943 Curtiss received a US Navy order for two single-seat torpedo-bomber aircraft prototypes ...

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Curtiss XBTC / XBT2C

1945

Curtiss XBTC / XBT2C

Curtiss XF15C Curtiss XF15C

1945

US Navy interest in the mixed-power concept for shipboard fighters - aircraft employing a piston engine ...

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The Curtiss XF-87 Blackhawk fighter was an eye-catching and truly graceful all-black aircraft which attracted ...

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Curtiss XF-87

1948

Curtiss XF-87



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