Curtiss-Wright CW-21 Demon

CW-21 Demon picture

The CW-21 Demon was a lightweight fighter based on the CW-19R general-purpose monoplane. It was intended primarily for export, with 32 being ordered by China in 1939, and 24 improved versions being ordered by the Netherlands East Indies in 1940. Being inadequately armed and with no worthwhile protection for the pilot, the Demons were fair game for the Japanese fighters they opposed. Three of the improved Demons (the CW-21B) were sent to the American Volunteer Group in China (the "Flying Tigers"), but all three were lost on the ferry flight from Rangoon to Kunming, when the entire group crashed into a mountain during bad weather.

Additional information on this aircraft can be found at Wikipedia here.
(updated February 2009)

Curtiss-Wright CW-21B Demon

Type:		single seat fighter
Crew:		1: Pilot
Armament: 	two .30 cal machine guns
		two .50 cal machine guns

	Length:        	27' 2" (8.28 m)
	Height:        	8' 11' (2.72 m)
	Wingspan:      	35' 0" (10.67 m)
	Wing area:	174.3 sq. ft (16.19 sq. m)
	Empty Weight:  	3382 lb (1534 kg)
	Max Weight: 	4500 lb (2041 kg) max at takeoff

	No. of Engines:	1
	Powerplant:    	Wright R-1820-G5 Radial
	Horsepower:	1000 hp

	Range:		630 miles (1014 km)
	Cruise Speed:   282 mph ( 454 km/h)
	Max Speed:      315 mph ( 507 km/h) at 17000 ft
	Ceiling:       	34,300 ft (10,455 m)

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