Curtiss S-4
1917
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Curtiss S-4

This was a triplane similar to the S-3 intended as a seaplane Scout for the US Navy. This was Curtiss's first experience with the twin-float configuration. As with other Curtiss seaplanes, it became necessary to increase the span of the S-4 to carry the extra weight. The front float struts collapsed during a heavy alighting in January 1918 and the aircraft was struck off charge.

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Greg, 12.12.2012

Yes, a float plane w/ wheels. That might explain its failure... :)

Brian Johnston, 27.07.2012

I have doubts about your photograph. If this was curtiss's first atempt at twin float configuration, why has the plane in the photo got wheels?

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