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Vought OS2U Kingfisher


Catapult-launched, observation floatplane. The OS2U was a neat, compact mid-wing monoplane, with a big central float and small stabilising floats. Performance was modest, because of its light engine. The OS2U could also operate on fixed, wheeled landing gear. For the USN, the OS2U was with 1519 built the most used shipboard observation aircraft, and the most popular one of WWII --- although that doesn't mean that much, the competition including failed aircraft such as the SO3C and SC. The OS2U not only served on the battleships and cruisers of the USN, but also with the Royal Navy and the USCG.
General characteristics OS2U-3
Primary function Observation
Power plant One Pratt&Whitney R-985-AN-2 engine
Thrust 443 HP 330 kW
Wingspan 35 ft 10.69 m
Length 33 ft 10.08 m
Height 15.1 ft 4.6 m
Wingarea 261.6 sq ft 24.3 sq m
Weight empty 848 lb 1,870 kg
max. 1,234 lb 2,721 kg
Max. speed 164 mph 264 km/h
Ceiling 13,000 ft 3,960 m
Max. range 1,155 miles 1,860 km
Armament 2x 7.62mm machine gun, 295 kg bomb
Crew Two
Date deployed 1940


Jirka Wagner

 

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