Curtiss 18-B
1918
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Curtiss 18-B

US Army interest in the 18-T prompted Curtiss to offer the same basic design in two-bay biplane configuration, and an order was placed by the US Army for two examples in August 1918. Known unofficially as the "Hornet", the 18-B two-seat fighter employed an identical fuselage to that of the 18-T and a similar Curtiss- Kirkham K-12 engine. The proposed armament comprised two forward-firing Marlin guns and two Lewis guns on a flexible mount. The two prototypes were delivered to the US Army during the summer of 1919, one being confined to static testing and the other crashing shortly after the commencement of flight trials, and further development was then abandoned.


Specification 
 WEIGHTS
    Take-off weight1300 kg2866 lb
    Empty weight767 kg1691 lb
 DIMENSIONS
    Wingspan11.41 m37 ft 5 in
    Length7.11 m23 ft 4 in
    Wing area28.43 m2306.02 sq ft
 PERFORMANCE
    Max. speed257 km/h160 mph

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