Designation: O-52

Curtiss O-52

Curtiss O-52 Owl

A picture of the Curtiss O-52 Owl

Developed in 1939, the Owl is the last “heavy” observation aircraft developed for the Army Air Force.  The concept of the two-seat observation aircraft dates to World War I, but by 1941 the Army Air Force had determined that the Owl was no match for modern combat conditions.  The aircraft’s tactical observation role was given to light planes modified from civilian designs while its long-range duties were taken by bombers and modified fighters.  The 203 Owls built were quickly relegated to training and coastal patrol duties.

Wingspan 40 ft 10 in.

Wingspan

Length 26 ft 5 in.

Length

Height 9 ft 11 in.

Height

Weight 5,364 lbs (loaded)

Weight

Max. Speed 215 MPH

Maximum Speed

Service Ceiling 23,200 ft

Service Ceiling

Range 455 miles

Range

Engines One Pratt & Whitney R-1340-51 radial with 600 horsepower

Engine

Crew 2

Crew


Manufacturer
Curtiss Aircraft Company

Markings
22nd Observation Squadron, Brooks Field, Texas, ca. 1942

Serial Number
40-2746

Designation
O-52

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