Curtiss XB-2 Condor
1927
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Curtiss XB-2 Condor

In development at the same time as the Keystone XB-1, the Curtiss XB-2 was quite similar but proved to be the superior aircraft. Like the Keystone design, the XB-2 also mounted dual Lewis guns in turrets located in the rear of the engine nacelles.

A crew of five was carried by this bomber with a performance rating that placed it far above any planes in its class. Testing of the XB-2 began in September, 1927, and though the qualities were superior to competing types, the higher cost of the B-2 resulted in a limited production order of only 12 planes in June, 1928. The first B-2 was delivered in May, 1929.

In view of the excellent performance of the Condor, it is interesting to note the biplane tail assembly used. Production B-2's were the first aircraft of the type to incorporate tail wheels instead of the skid which assisted in braking, but was also responsible for structural failures.

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Curtiss XB-2 CondorA three-view drawing (700 x 755)


Specification 
 ENGINE2 x 630hp Curtiss Conqueror V-1570-7 engines
 WEIGHTS
    Take-off weight7498 kg16530 lb
    Empty weight4104 kg9048 lb
 DIMENSIONS
    Wingspan27.43 m90 ft 0 in
    Length14.48 m48 ft 6 in
    Height4.95 m16 ft 3 in
    Wing area139.26 m21498.98 sq ft
 PERFORMANCE
    Max. speed209 km/h130 mph
    Cruise speed184 km/h114 mph
    Ceiling5212 m17100 ft
    Range1256 km780 miles
 ARMAMENT1130kg of bombs

Curtiss XB-2 Condor

Comments
Ralph Ricks, 14.11.2010

I have a pic of my late uncle George Sikes standing with another airman in front of the props. George was radio operator on the B-2, stationed at March Field in 1932. I could submit a scanned copy.

Philip K Nelson, 01.06.2008

I remember seeing Curtis "Condor" passenger planes in regular servoce from New York To Boston. They were biplanes , blue and orange the color scheme but clearly not the B2

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