Curtiss F7C-1 Seahawk
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Curtiss F7C-1 Seahawk

The first Curtiss fighter designed from the outset for shipboard use as opposed to being an adaptation of a land-based fighter, the XF7C-1 single-seat fighter was characterised by sweptback upper wing outer panels and flew for the first time on 28 February 1927. Powered by a 450hp Pratt & Whitney R-1340-B Wasp radial, the XF7C-1 was flown both with and without a propeller spinner, and was also tested with a single central float and outrigger stabilising floats. Seventeen F7C-1s were ordered for US Navy service and delivered during December 1928 and January 1929. These differed from the prototype primarily in having tripod main undercarriage members in place of the cross axle. The propeller spinner was discarded and armament comprised two 7.62mm synchronised machine guns. In the event, all F7C-1s were operated by the US Marine Corps (VF-5M) at Quantico.

Curtiss F7C-1 SeahawkA three-view drawing (1280 x 936)

    Take-off weight1262 kg2782 lb
    Empty weight924 kg2037 lb
    Wingspan9.96 m33 ft 8 in
    Length6.75 m22 ft 2 in
    Height3.15 m10 ft 4 in
    Wing area25.64 m2275.99 sq ft
    Max. speed243 km/h151 mph
    Range531 km330 miles

Phil Clayton, 26.02.2010

I believe all of the F7c-1's were placed with the Marine Corps in Quantico, but were all of them painted the same color. To the best of my findings, the plane was silver except to the yellow top wing, and the engine housing was red. I believe the headrest was red too. Were there other color combinations?

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