The Consolidated Model 2 was a PT-1 biplane trainer diverted to the United States Navy for a trainer competition in 1925. It beat out 14 other designs, and was ordered into production as the NY-1.
The NY-1 was essentially a PT-1 with provisions for the wheeled landing gear to be replaced by a single large float under the fuselage and two stabilising floats under the tips of the lower wing. A larger vertical tail was added to counter the effect of the floats. The NY-2 had a longer span wing fitted to overcome the high wing-loading issue of the seaplane version. Tested with complete success during October 1926, the Navy ordered 181 with the uprated R-790-8 Wright Whirlwind J-5 engine of 220 hp (160 kW). The NY-3 aircraft were similar to the NY-2 but had 240 hp (180 kW) Wright R-760-94 engines.
The NY-1's first flight was November 1925, with deliveries starting May 1926. The NY-2's first flight was October 1926. The Navy had 108 in active use in 1929, with 35 more assigned to reserve squadrons. The NY-3 was delivered in 1929. The NY series was being phased out in the mid-1930s, with 15 in service in 1937, and one in service in 1939.
- wingspan 34 ft 6 in (10.52 m), 200 hp (150 kW) Wright J-4 Whirlwind, 76 built.
- a number of NY-1 aircraft modified for gunnery training with one .30 in (7.62 mm) trainable machine gun in the rear cockpit.
- a number of retrofitted NY-1 aircraft with the long-span wings of the NY-2 and the 220 hp (160 kW) Wright J-5 Whirlwind.
- wingspan increased to 40 ft (12.19 m), 220 hp J-5, 181 built.
- NY-2 aircraft armed for gunnery training, 25 built.
- similar to the NY-2 with a 240 hp (180 kW) Wright R-760-94 Whirlwind, 20 built.
- a single NY-2 tested with a Wright R-790-A Whirlwind.
- United States
Specifications (NY-2 floatplane)
Data from "The Complete Encyclopedia of World Aircraft" Editors: Paul Eden & Soph Moeng, 2002, ISBN 0-7607-3432-1), page 478.
- Related lists
- ^ a b c d "United States Navy Aircraft Since 1911" by Gordon Swanborough & Peter M. Bowers (Naval Institute Press Annapolis, MD, ISBN 0-87021-968-5) 1976, 546 pp.
- ^ a b c d "The Complete Encyclopedia of World Aircraft" cover Editors: Paul Eden & Soph Moeng, (Amber Books Ltd. Bradley's Close, 74-77 White Lion Street, London, NI 9PF, 2002, ISBN 0-7607-3432-1), 1152 pp.