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Curtiss SC Seahawk Scout Floatplane / Air-Sea Rescue Aircraft (1944)

Authored By Staff Writer | Last Updated: 8/6/2010

Despite her floatplane pedigree, the Curtiss SC Seahawk displayed fighter-like performance.

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Specifications for the
Curtiss SC Seahawk
Scout Floatplane / Air-Sea Rescue Aircraft


Focus Model: Curtiss SC-1 Seahawk
Country of Origin: United States
Manufacturer: Curtiss Aeroplane and Motor Company - USA
Initial Year of Service: 1944
Production: 577


Crew: 1


Length: 36.38ft (11.09m)
Width: 41.01ft (12.50m)
Height: 18.01ft (5.49m)
Weight (Empty): 6,321lbs (2,867kg)
Weight (MTOW): 8,999lbs (4,082kg)


Powerplant: 1 x Wright R-1820-62 Cyclone radial piston engine delivering 1,350 horsepower.


Maximum Speed: 313mph (504kmh; 272kts)
Maximum Range: 631miles (1,016km)
Service Ceiling: 37,303ft (11,370m; 7.1miles)
Rate-of-Climb: 2,500 feet per minute (762m/min)


Hardpoints: 2
Armament Suite:
STANDARD:
2 x 0.50 cal (12.7mm) fixed, forward-firing heavy machine guns.

OPTIONAL:
2 x 100- or 250lb general purpose bombs held underwing.


Variants:
XSC-1 - Prototype Designation; two examples produced.


SC-1 - Initial Produciton Model Designation; 566 examples produced; introduced in 1944.

SC-2 - Improved two-seat SC-1; nine examples produced; appearing in 1946.


Operators:
United States