The Curtiss-Wright CW-12 Sport Trainer and CW-16 Light Sport
(also marketed under the Travel Air brand

Curtiss CW-12 Sport-trainer "1931"

RoleCivil trainer
ManufacturerCurtiss-Wright
First flight1931
StatusSome airworthy in 2009
Primary userPrivate owners
Number built63

 

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Sport-trainer "1931"

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Curtiss CW-12
Sport-trainer "1931"

The Curtiss-Wright CW-12 Sport Trainer and CW-16 Light Sport (also marketed under the Travel Air brand that Curtiss-Wright had recently acquired) were high-performance training aircraft designed by Herbert Rawdon and Ted Wells and built in the United States in the early 1930s.

Design

The CW-12 and CW-16 shared the same basic design as conventional single-bay biplanes with staggered wings braced with N-struts. The pilot and instructor sat in tandem, open cockpits, the forward cockpit of the CW-12 having a single seat, while the CW-16’s forward cockpit could seat two passengers side-by-side. Both versions of the aircraft were available in a variety of engine choices, and some CW-16s were exported as trainers to the air forces of Bolivia and Ecuador.

 Argentina
  • Argentine Navy purchased 15 CW-16Es in 1935, with 13 more possibly being built from 1938. The type remained in use until 1949.[3]
 Bolivia
 Brazil
  • Brazilian Air Force received 15 CW-16Ws, with 125 hp (93 kW) Warner Scarab engines in 1935, the type remaining in service until 1940.[4]
 Colombia
 Ecuador
  • Ecuadorian Air Force purchased six CW-16Es in 1935, with three more CW-16s following in 1936. Three remained in use until 1944.[5]

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Curtiss CW-12 Sport-trainer "1931"

CW-12
  • CW-12K – version powered by 125 hp (93 kW) Kinner K-5 engine. Two built.
  • CW-12Q – version powered by 90 hp (67 kW) Wright-built de Havilland Gipsy. 26 built.
  • CW-12W – version powered by 110 hp (82 kW) Warner Scarab. 12 built + 1 replica
CW-16
  • CW-16E – version powered by Wright J-6 Whirlwind 5 engine. (10 built).
  • CW-16K – version powered by Kinner B-5 engine (11 built).
  • CW-16W – version powered by Warner Scarab engine (1 built).

Specifications

Crew: 2

Length: 21 ft 5 in (6.53 m)

Wingspan: 28 ft 10 in (8.79 m)

Height: 8 ft 10 in (2.69 m)

Empty weight: 1,071 lb (486 kg)

Gross weight: 1,725 lb (782 kg)

Powerplant: 1 × Curtiss-Wright licence-built de Havilland Gipsy 4-cylinder air-cooled in-line piston engine, 90 hp (67 kW)

Propellers: 2-bladed fixed-pitch propeller

Maximum speed: 105 mph (169 km/h, 91 kn)

Cruise speed: 88 mph (142 km/h, 76 kn)

Range: 390 mi (630 km, 340 nmi)

Service ceiling: 12,000 ft (3,700 m)

Rate of climb: 600 ft/min (3.0 m/s)

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The Curtiss-Wright CW-12 Sport Trainer and CW-16 Light Sport (also marketed under the Travel Air brand that Curtiss-Wright had recently acquired)