The last of the Curtiss biplanes to be used operationally by the U.S. Navy, the SOC Seagull had a service history similar to the British Fairey Swordfish. Both were naval biplanes, both originated in 1933, both should have become obsolete during the early stages of the war, and both remained operational until the end of the war, while surviving, superbly, later designs intended to replace them.
Additional information on this aircraft
can be found at Wikipedia
(updated February 2009)
Curtiss SOC Seagull
Type: scout/observation aircraft Crew: 2: Pilot, observer/gunner Armament: one .30 cal forward firing machine gun one .30 cal rear firing machine gun up to 650 lb. of bombs Specifications: Length: 26' 6" (8.08 m) Height: 14' 9" (4.50 m) Wingspan: 36' 0" (10.97 m) Wing area: 342 sq. ft (31.77 sq. m) Empty Weight: 3788 lb (1718 kg) Max Weight: 5437 lb (2466 kg) max at takeoff Propulsion: No. of Engines: 1 Powerplant: Pratt & Whitney R-1340-18 Wasp radial Horsepower: 600 hp Performance: Range: 675 miles (1086 km) Cruise Speed: 133 mph ( 214 km/h) Max Speed: 165 mph ( 266 km/h) at 5000 ft Ceiling: 14,900 ft (4540 m)
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