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Vought O2U Corsair

Vought O2U Corsair

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The Vought O2U Corsair was a 1920s biplane scout and observation aircraft. Made by Vought Corporation

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The Vought O2U Corsair was a 1920s biplane scout and observation aircraft. Made by Vought Corporation, the O2U was ordered by the United States Navy (USN) in 1927. Powered by a 400 hp (298 kW) Pratt & Whitney R-1340 Wasp engine, it incorporated a steel-tube fuselage structure and a wood wing structure with fabric covering. Many were seaplanes or amphibians.

Design

Two prototypes were ordered in 1926 and tested by the Navy Trial Board before the first production batches were ordered. In 1927, a total of 291 O2Us were produced. The O2U-2, -3 and -4 were ordered in 1928 with minor changes. By 1930 they were being superseded by the O3U which was basically similar to the O2U-4, one variant of which was fitted with the Grumman float, and were manufactured until 1936. A total of 289 were built.[1] Many of them had cowled engines and some had enclosed cockpits.

RoleObservation
National originUnited States
ManufacturerVought
Introduction1926
Primary usersUnited States Navy
United States Marine Corps
United States Coast Guard
Number built580

 

General characteristics

  • Crew: Two
  • Capacity: 500 lb (227 kg)
  • Length: 27 ft 5.5 in (8.37 m)
  • Wingspan: 36 ft 0 in (10.97 m)
  • Height: 11 ft 4 in (3.45 m)
  • Wing area: 337 sq ft (31.31 m2)
  • Empty weight: 3,312 lb (1,502 kg)
  • Max takeoff weight: 4,765 lb (2,161 kg)
  • Powerplant: 1 × Pratt & Whitney R-1690-42 Hornet radial, 600 hp (447 kW)

Performance

Performance

  • Maximum speed: 167 mph (269 km/h, 145 kn) at sea level
  • Range: 680 mi (1,094 km, 591 nmi)
  • Service ceiling: 18,600 ft (5,670 m)
  • Power/mass: 0.13lb/hp (0.21 kW/kg)

Armament

Armament

  • Guns: 3x .30 cal (7.62 mm) Browning machine guns, one forward firing in upper wing and two on a trainable mount in rear cockpit
  • Bombs: 4x 116 lb (53 kg) or 10 30 lb (14 kg) bombs under lower wings

Aircrafttoaal encyclopedia

Two prototypes were ordered in 1926 and tested by the Navy Trial Board before the first production batches were ordered. In 1927, a total of 291 O2Us were produced.