Curtiss A-12
1934
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Curtiss A-12

The US Army had ordered 46 of the A-8B Shrike, but maintenance problems with the liquid-cooled engines of the A-8s led to the new aircraft being powered by Wright R-1820-21 radial air-cooled engines of 500kW, resulting in the new designation A-12 (Model 60). These aircraft retained the open pilot's cockpit with faired headrest which had been introduced on the A-8 production batch, and carried the same machine-gun armament and bombload. In an attempt to improve co-operation between pilot and observer a major modification had been introduced, the rear cockpit being moved forward with its glazed covering forming a continuation of the fuselage decking immediately behind the pilot's cockpit.

After long service with the US Army's attack groups the Shrikes were relegated to second-line units in 1939, but nine A-12s still remained in service in Hawaii when Pearl Harbor was attacked in December 1941. The Chinese nationalist government bought 20 of an export version of the A-12 in 1936; these saw some action against the Japanese in 1937-8.

Curtiss A-12


Specification 
 ENGINE1 x 515kW Wright R-1820-21 Cyclone radial piston engine
 WEIGHTS
    Take-off weight2611 kg5756 lb
    Loaded weight1768 kg3898 lb
 DIMENSIONS
    Wingspan13.41 m44 ft 0 in
    Length9.83 m32 ft 3 in
    Height2.84 m9 ft 4 in
    Wing area26.38 m2283.95 sq ft
 PERFORMANCE
    Max. speed285 km/h177 mph
    Ceiling4620 m15150 ft
    Range821 km510 miles
 ARMAMENT5 x 7.62mm machine-guns, 4 x 55kg + 10 x 13kg bombs

Comments
a.machiaverna, 06.10.2011

There is some resemblance to the Boeing P-26 Peashooter, wheel pants , cowling, tapering of fuselage to epinage, otherwise , two very different airplanes. The P-26 is a single-seater as well.

Klaatu83, 18.03.2011

Despite it's slight superficial resemblance to the A-12 Shrike the P-26A was not a Curtiss product, it was developed by Boeing.

David Herring, 30.12.2010

Where do I find the Curtis P26A (Pursuit)?

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