Curtiss-Wright CW-19 / CW-23


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Curtiss-Wright CW-19 / CW-23

The CW-19L Coupe was designed by George Page as an advanced all-metal two-seat cantilever low-wing monoplane for the private owner. Built in 1935 and powered by a 67kW Lambert engine, tests showed it to be manoeuvrable but underpowered. The CW-19W retained the side-by-side cabin layout of the earlier machine but replaced the Lambert engine with a 108kW Warner Super Scarab. Another feature common to the whole CW-19 series was the streamlined 'trouser-type' fairing over each main unit of the fixed landing gear.

The militarised CW-19R was a radical redesign intended for the export market. The two-man crew was accommodated in tandem under a long sliding canopy and there.was provision for a forward-firing synchronised machine-gun plus another gun on a flexible mounting operated by the observer; light bombs could be carried on underwing racks and additional guns for ground attack could be attacked to the landing gear fairings.

The Curtiss-Wright management believed the CW-19R would satisfy a need for a utility fighter, reconnaissance and ground attack aircraft. In the event sales were limited, comprising 20 aircraft purchased by China and three by Cuba. Power was greatly increased, the CW-19R having a 261kW Wright R-760E2 (J-6-7), with the 336kW Wright R-975E3 (J-6-9) as an alternative; the aircraft demonstrated good flight characteristics and had an outstanding rate of climb.

An unarmed basic trainer version of the CW-19R was built as the CW-A19R. Flown in February 1937 it was tested by the US Army but no production orders followed. Three were completed, one being converted subsequently to a CW-22. The sole CW-23 was developed from the CW-19R. It had a 447kW Pratt & Whitney R-1340 Wasp engine, inward retracting landing gear and was intended as a basic combat trainer for the US Army. Flown in 1939, official testing led to its rejection for production.

 MODELCurtiss-Wright CW-19R
 ENGINE1 x 261kW Wright R-760E2 Whirlwind radial piston engine
  Take-off weight1588 kg3501 lb
  Empty weight904 kg1993 lb
  Wingspan10.67 m35 ft 0 in
  Length8.03 m26 ft 4 in
  Height2.49 m8 ft 2 in
  Wing area16.16 m2173.94 sq ft
  Max. speed298 km/h185 mph
 ARMAMENT2 x 7.7mm machine-guns, light bombs on underwing racks

Rowena Labios, e-mail, 09.12.2009 08:55

I need a 3 view diagram of Bolivian Curtiss Falcon .Does anyone have it ? Kindly email them to me. Please? Many ,many thanks !


Barrie Russell, e-mail, 22.09.2009 10:13

I have tried to email Manuel Ozuna, but that email address is no longer working. Should anyone know him, they might like to ask him to make contact with me. I too am a modeller, and have a lot of research material on the Curtis Wright 19-R and am about to start a build.


Dennis Lyons, e-mail, 15.03.2009 06:15

Right--There is an airworthy example in California owned by a fine genteleman who still ocassionally flys the beauty. This airplane is fitted with Wright J-6-9 (R-975). This is the ex bolivian "gate guard".


Manuel Ozuna, e-mail, 06.07.2008 05:54

There is a beautiful example of this aircraft at the Dominican Air Force base in San Isidro,wich took part in a good will flight in 1937.(see vuelo panamericano @google).There is an ex Bolivian Air force airworthy i think,somewhere in Texas.I am a model builder trying to build a model of this aircraft,but will have to modify a Curtiss Falcon SNC-1.You can email me to exchange information.


Luis Palacio, e-mail, 24.06.2008 02:25

My father was a Cuban Air Force flight instructor who was killed together with a cadet flying the Curtiss-Wright CW-19R on October 21, 1941. They were practicing Force Landing maneuvers and the engine failed resulting in the aircraft stalling very close to the ground. I was two years old at the time but I went on to become a commercial airline pilot. Thanks to this web site now I know what the aircraft in which my father died looked like.


David Curtis, e-mail, 11.12.2007 04:24

I need some scale drawings of the Curtiss CW-22; does any one have any and if so, can you email them to me? Many thanks, David


Roberto Carlos Subauste Pérez, e-mail, 18.10.2007 23:23

You must need put the histori of this plane in Bolivia and latin america, maybee you have better luck than mee founding data and technical views of this plane, I only have the 3 view drawings.


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