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.
Curtiss Aircraft Company
22nd Observation Squadron, Brooks Field, Texas, ca. 1942
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