Curtiss SOC-3 'Seagull'


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  Base model:SOC
  Designation System:U.S. Navy / Marines
  Designation Period:1934-1946
  Basic role:Scout Observation

  Length: 26' 10" 8.1 m
  Height:13' 2" 4.0 m
  Wingspan: 36' 0" 10.9 m
  Gross Weight: 5,366 lb 2,433 kg

  Powerplant: Pratt & Whitney R-1340-22
  Horsepower (each): 550

  Max Speed: 163 mph 262 km/h 141 kt
  Ceiling: 15,600 ft 4,754 m

Known serial numbers
1064 / 1146


Recent comments by our visitors
 Orv Judd
 Portland, OR
My father, Warren T. Judd, was also stationed aboard the USS Minneapolis. He was stationed from 1941 during Pearl Harbor until 1943. He was a radioman/Gunner on the SOC-3 aircraft. He recently passed away on Dec. 3 2008. He used to tell me stories of the flights aboard the plane. I would like to talk with any one who was involved or any relative who knows about these aircraft. I am currently assembling a scale model of the CA36 USS Minneapolis and I would like to add stories about this ship and the accompaning aircraft. contact me by phone also. cell971-678-0805; home 503-637-5355
01/28/2009 @ 12:55 [ref: 23571]
 John Holman
 Houston, TX
My father was a Corpsman on the USS NEW Orleans, and he was attached to the SOC Seagull squadron that was formed in the aftermath of Tassafaronga. It was called VCS Detachment Ringbolt, and they were based on a small island called Tanambogo. Do you know if your grandfather was stationed there as well?
05/16/2006 @ 10:29 [ref: 13294]
 Patrick B Garvey
 Scottsdale, AZ
The pilot of the Curtiss SOC picture that you have posted: "Wake Island raid, 5-6 October 1943. A Curtiss SOC-3 "Seagull" scout-observation aircraft is lowered onto the port catapult of USS Minneapolis (CA-36), after it returned from spotting gunfire during the 5 October bombardment. Official U.S. Navy Photograph", is a picture of my grandfather, Charles C. Garvey, Sr.

He is alive and well, living in Baton Rouge, LA. I have a copy of that picture on my wall right now. He has so many wonderful stories about flying his Curtiss SOC during the two years that he was aboard the Minneapolis.
11/02/2005 @ 08:09 [ref: 11631]
 Mike Letalien
 Lubbock, TX
Looking to add this aircraft to my photo collection at www.Photo4Phood.com...does anybody have info on the final destination of the original airframes?
06/20/2003 @ 13:17 [ref: 6516]


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