Curtiss F8C-1, F8C-3


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To meet a US Marine Corps requirement for a two-seat fighter with bombing and observation capability, Curtiss adapted the airframe of the USAAC's O-1 Falcon. With a Pratt & Whitney R-1340 Wasp radial engine in place of the water-cooled Conqueror six examples were delivered, two as XF8C-1s and four as F8C-1s, in January 1928. Armament comprised two fixed forwardfiring 7.62mm guns and a weapon of similar calibre on a Scarff ring in the rear cockpit, and power was provided by a 432hp R-1340B Wasp. Twenty-one additional machines (one XF8C-3 and 20 F8C-3s) were delivered later in 1928, these being essentially similar to the F8C-1s which were redesignated as OC-1s shortly after entering service, the F8C-3s becoming OC-2s.

  Take-off weight1901 kg4191 lb
  Empty weight1141 kg2515 lb
  Wingspan11.58 m38 ft 0 in
  Length8.51 m28 ft 11 in
  Height3.55 m12 ft 8 in
  Wing area32.52 m2350.04 sq ft
  Max. speed232 km/h144 mph
  Range1046 km650 miles

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