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National Archives #80-G-5885
Curtiss SOC-3 Seagull
|Dimensions||36' by 32'3" by 14'10"
10.97m by 9.83m by 4.52m
|Wing area||342 square feet
31.8 square meters
|Maximum speed||154 mph (248 km/h) at 5000 feet (1520 meters)
159 mph (256 km/h) at sea level
|Landing speed||55 mph
|Climb rate||16 feet per second
4.9 meters per second
|Service ceiling||14,200 feet
|Power plant||1 550 hp (410 kW) Pratt
& Whitney R-1340-22
|Armament||1 0.30 fixed
nose machine gun with 550 rounds
1 0.30 flexible rear cockpit machine gun with 600 rounds
|External stores||2 116 lb (53kg) bombs or 1 325 lb (147kg) depth charge|
||About 330 by 1938
The Curtiss SOC Seagull was the
standard seaplane used on U.S.
the Pacific War. It was equipped with folding wings to facilitate
storage in small cruiser hangars. Its floats could be swapped for
landing gear to allow it to operate from carriers and airfields.
The prototype first flew in 1934 and production
began the next year. Production ceased by 1938 and a replacement was
badly needed for the rapidly aging aircraft, but this failed to
materialize for some time. The monoplane OS2U Kingfisher was used on battleships, where folding wings
were not required, while the SO3C was a failure and the SC Seahawk did not come
out until quite late in the war.
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