Curtiss O-52 'Owl'


  Base model:O-52
  Designation System:U.S. Air Force
  Designation Period:1924-1942
  Basic role:Observation

  Length: 26' 4" 8.0 m
  Height:9' 11" 3.0 m
  Wingspan: 40' 9" 12.4 m
  Gross Weight: 5,364 lb 2,432 kg

  No. of Engines: 1
  Powerplant: Pratt & Whitney R-1340-51
  Horsepower (each): 600

  Range: 455 miles 732 km
  Cruise Speed: 169 mph 272 km/h 147 kt
  Max Speed: 215 mph 346 km/h 187 kt
  Ceiling: 23,200 ft 7,071 m

Known serial numbers
40-2688 / 40-2890

Examples of this type may be found at
United States Air Force MuseumWright-PattersonOhio

O-52 on display

United States Air Force Museum


Recent comments by our visitors
 Leo Brumm USAF Ret
 Richardson, TX
After Graduating from Advanced Flying School at Brooks Field I was assigned to flying student observers at Brooks.
On one particulas night mission, just as I opened the throttle
for take off I heard a loud bang and a lot of noise from the rear seat.
As the plane became airborn I felt an abnormal tail heaviness. After trimming for climb I looked back to see the student observer back in the tail thrashing around.
He had neglected to lock his seat and had slid all the way back to the gun position. That was scary. to say the least.
11/26/2008 @ 12:04 [ref: 23146]
 John D. Voss
 , CA
In November 1942 USSR ordered 30 O-52 Owls thru the Lend-Lease program. Twenty-six were shipped and only 19 ever made it to their shores. They were used operationaly for artillary-fire spotting and general photographic and observation platforms. Some were still flying into the 1950's.
04/07/2006 @ 09:09 [ref: 13078]
 Dennis Simanaitis
 , CA
There's a fine Curtiss 0-52 at the Yanks Air Museum in Chino, California. -- ds
01/10/2006 @ 17:43 [ref: 12119]


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