The SO3C Seamew was a seaplane that was ordered as a replacement for the SOC Seagull aboard the U.S. Navy's battleships and cruisers. The type went into service in 1942, but was not a success and all Seamews were withdrawn early in 1944. Note: the second picture shows the lesser-known non-seaplane version.
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can be found at Wikipedia
(updated February 2009)
Curtiss SO3C Seamew
Type: scout/observation aircraft Crew: 2: Pilot, observer/gunner Armament: one .30 cal forward firing machine gun one .50 cal rear firing machine gun two 100 lb.bombs, or 325 lb. depth charges Specifications: Length: 36' 10" (11.23 m) Height: 15' 0" (4.57 m) Wingspan: 38' 0" (11.58 m) Wing area: 290 sq. ft (26.98 sq. m) Empty Weight: 4284 lb (1943 kg) Max Weight: 5729 lb (2599 kg) max at takeoff Propulsion: No. of Engines: 1 Powerplant: Ranger SGV-770-8 inline Horsepower: 600 hp Performance: Range: 1150 miles (1851 km) Cruise Speed: 125 mph ( 201 km/h) Max Speed: 172 mph ( 277 km/h) at 8100 ft Ceiling: 15,800 ft (4815 m)
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