Curtiss XS3C/ XF10C-1

The Curtiss XS3C-1/ XF10C-1 was the designation given to a single O2C-2 after it was rebuilt to serve as a possible scout or fighter. The aircraft had originally been built as a company demonstrator of a Cyclone powered F8C Helldiver, and had been purchased by the Navy, where it became the XF8C-8 prototype (A8847). This aircraft was later returned to Curtiss, but was damaged in a crash. Curtiss took the chance to redesign the fuselage, produce new tail surfaces and install a single strut undercarriage.

The modified aircraft was returned to the Navy as the XS3C-1 scout aircraft. It was also considered for use as a fighter, and in that role would have been the XF10C-1. Although that designation was reserved for the aircraft, it wasn't actually used. The XS3C survived until February 1932 but was then written off after a crash.

Engine: Wright R-1820E Cyclone
Power: 650hp
Crew: 2
Span: 32ft
Length: 26ft 3 7/8in
Height: 10ft 2in
Empty weight: 1,577lb
Gross weight: 5,014lb
Max speed: 180mph
Climb Rate: 1,600ft/ min
Service ceiling: 18,700ft
Range: 600 miles

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How to cite this article: Rickard, J (30 January 2013), Curtiss XS3C/ XF10C-1, http://www.historyofwar.org/articles/weapons_curtiss_XS3C_XF10C.html

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