Curtiss O-52 Owl

Pima Air and Space Museum Aircraft

Manufacturer
Curtiss
Markings
22nd Observation Squadron, Brooks Field, Texas, ca. 1942
Designation
O-52
Serial Number
40-2746

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.

Specifications
Wingspan 40 ft 10 in
Length 26 ft 5 in
Height 9 ft 11 in
Weight 5,364 lbs (loaded)
Max. Speed 215 mph
Service Ceiling 23,200 ft
Range 455 miles
Engines 1 Pratt & Whitney R-1340-51 radial with 600 horsepower
Crew 2