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Kopfdorfer

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Curtiss O-52 Owl Observation Aircraft
« on: June 07, 2012, 08:06:42 AM »

                                                                The Curtiss O-52 Owl

                             

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Developed in 1939, the Curtiss O-52 was the last "heavy" observation aircraft developed for the US Army Air Corps. The concept of the two-seat observation aircraft, classed as the "O" series aircraft, dated to World War I, and in 1940, the Army Air Corps ordered 203 Curtiss O-52s for observation duties. By 1941, the O-52 was no match for modern combat conditions.

                                                           

Following America's entry into World War II, the USAAF determined that the aircraft did not possess sufficient performance for "modern" combat operations in oversea areas. As a result, the O-52 was relegated to courier duties within the U.S. and short-range submarine patrol over the Gulf of Mexico and Atlantic and Pacific Oceans.



The O-52 was the last "O" type aircraft procured in quantity for the Air Corps. Following the attack on Pearl Harbor, the "O" designation was discontinued and the "L" series for liaison-type aircraft was adopted instead.

In November 1942, the USSR ordered 30 O-52 Owls through the Lend-Lease program. Twenty-six were shipped, with only 19 were delivered as a number were lost on the North Arctic Route.Of these only 10 were accepted into service. They were used operationally for artillery fire spotting and general photographic and observation platforms in north and central areas on the Russian Front during spring–summer 1943. One O-52 was shot down by Luftwaffe fighters. The aircraft was generally disliked in Soviet use although some were still flying into the 1950s.

                                           


General characteristics
Crew : 2
Length: 26 ft 4 in (8.03 m)
Wingspan: 40 ft 9 in (12.43 m)
Height: 9 ft 3 in (2.83 m)
Wing area: 210.4 ft² (19.55 m²)
Empty weight: 4,213 lb (1,919 kg)
Loaded weight: 5,364 lb (2,433 kg)
Powerplant: 1 × Pratt & Whitney R-1340-51 radial engine, 600 hp (447 kW)




Good view of the office and interior canopy

Performance

Maximum speed: 220 mph (191 knots, 354 km/h)
Cruise speed: 192 mph (167 knots,309 km/h)
Range: 700 miles (609 nmi, 1,127 km)
Service ceiling: 21,000 ft (6,400 m)
Armament


Guns: 1 × forward and 1 × rearward firing .30-cal (7.62 mm) machine gun

Good view of top of rear canopy and upper wing arrangement.








I've just been doing a bit of reading about the campaign on Luzon in 1941-42 and this bird was mentioned.

I had never heard of it so here it is...

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Re: Curtiss O-52 Owl Observation Aircraft
« Reply #1 on: June 07, 2012, 09:20:07 AM »

That is an ugly ducking......  ;D
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Re: Curtiss O-52 Owl Observation Aircraft
« Reply #2 on: June 07, 2012, 11:34:08 AM »

Wildcat & Lysander  :D
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Re: Curtiss O-52 Owl Observation Aircraft
« Reply #3 on: June 07, 2012, 07:12:41 PM »

Hi, Kopfdorfer. It would be easy to write a mission including this plane. Something along the lines of... Fly over these co ordinates and note any ground or sea activity. Mark it on your map. Have a nice day, and keep an eye out for Zeroes.

cheers

David Prosser.

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Re: Curtiss O-52 Owl Observation Aircraft
« Reply #4 on: June 09, 2012, 05:30:21 AM »

Wildcat & Lysander  :D

Read my mind :D
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Re: Curtiss O-52 Owl Observation Aircraft
« Reply #5 on: June 09, 2012, 05:40:54 AM »

could be fairly easy derived from Avenger. Give it different wings and rudder, and she will be...
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Re: Curtiss O-52 Owl Observation Aircraft
« Reply #6 on: November 09, 2012, 10:26:59 AM »

Just added a few more detail pics here.
I still like this as an aircraft of colour to add some target type variety to some missions - at least in the Philippines and over Russia.
Or for the very very brave/daring/foolish/egotistical pilots who like  a mission with extremely low survivability - just to see how good they really are !

Kopfdorfer

PS a good hack for this would be a Grumman FF1 wearing US Army OD Green and Light Sky Grey , with early war stars with the red pip.
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Re: Curtiss O-52 Owl Observation Aircraft
« Reply #7 on: November 09, 2012, 12:01:03 PM »

I like this fat ugly like airplane but I think as long as we're talking Curtiss biplanes, someone needs to mention the SBC Helldiver
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Re: Curtiss O-52 Owl Observation Aircraft
« Reply #8 on: November 09, 2012, 08:16:40 PM »

 :) :) :) :) Really cool plane. One of the most photoaccurate posts I have ever seen.

Some modeling ideas: Modify a Brewster B-339 (or 239,F2A,what you feel like) Buffalo by simple fin and canopy adjustments and a high wing. Maybe if someone REAL good at the frankens came in then the plane would be irrelevant to the buffalo.
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Re: Curtiss O-52 Owl Observation Aircraft
« Reply #9 on: November 09, 2012, 11:18:10 PM »

Yea it look like a bigger f2a with some major changes
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Re: Curtiss O-52 Owl Observation Aircraft
« Reply #10 on: November 10, 2012, 10:06:32 AM »

I dunno it doesn't really remind me of the Buffalo, the wildcat or avenger seem closer to me, but I'm not comparing them side by side or anything..
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Re: Curtiss O-52 Owl Observation Aircraft
« Reply #11 on: November 10, 2012, 12:30:46 PM »

Wildcat & Lysander  :D

That is exactly what I was thinking too  ;D

Its a pretty nice looking airplane.
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