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