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Curtiss O-52 Owl


Light Observation / Reconnaissance Aircraft [ 1941 ]



Just over 200 examples of the O-52 Owl were built by the Curtiss-Wright company during the World War 2 period.



Authored By: Staff Writer | Last Edited: 04/23/2019 | Content ©www.MilitaryFactory.com

Specifications



Service Year
1941

Origin
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United States

Status
RETIRED
Not in Service.
Crew
2

Production
203
UNITS


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(OPERATORS list includes past, present, and future operators when applicable)
Intelligence-Surveillance-Reconnaissance (ISR), Scout
Surveil ground targets / target areas to assess environmental threat levels, enemy strength, or enemy movement.


Length
26.2 ft
(8.00 m)
Width/Span
40.8 ft
(12.45 m)
Height
9.8 ft
(3.00 m)
Empty Wgt
4,409 lb
(2,000 kg)
MTOW
5,368 lb
(2,435 kg)
Wgt Diff
+959 lb
(+435 kg)
(Showcased structural values pertain to the base Curtiss O-52 Owl production variant)
Installed: 1 x Pratt & Whitney R-1340-51 "Wasp" 9-cylinder air-cooled radial piston engine developing 600 horsepower and driving a three-bladed propeller unit at the nose.
Max Speed
221 mph
(355 kph | 192 kts)
Ceiling
18,045 ft
(5,500 m | 3 mi)
Range
249 mi
(400 km | 741 nm)
Rate-of-Climb
1,700 ft/min
(518 m/min)


♦ MACH Regime (Sonic)
Sub
Trans
Super
Hyper
HiHyper
ReEntry
RANGES (MPH) Subsonic: <614mph | Transonic: 614-921 | Supersonic: 921-3836 | Hypersonic: 3836-7673 | Hi-Hypersonic: 7673-19180 | Reentry: >19030


(Showcased performance specifications pertain to the base Curtiss O-52 Owl production variant. Compare this aircraft entry against any other in our database or View aircraft by powerplant type)
1 x 0.30 caliber Browning machine gun in fixed, forward-firing mounting.
1 x 0.30 caliber Browning machine gun on trainable mounting as rear cockpit.


Supported Types


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(Not all ordnance types may be represented in the showcase above)
Hardpoint Mountings: 0


O-52 "Owl" - Base Series Designation.


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