Curtiss-Wright CA-1

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CA-1
Curtiss CA-1 Commuter.jpg
Role Biplane amphibian
National origin United States
Manufacturer Curtiss-Wright
Designer Frank Courtney
First flight 1935
Number built 3

The Curtiss CA-1 (sometimes known as the Commuter or the Courtney Amphibian) was an American five-seat biplane amphibian designed by Frank Courtney and built by Curtiss-Wright at St Louis, Missouri.[1]

Design and development[edit]

Designed by the British test pilot Frank Courtney, the CA-1 was a five-seat amphibian.[1] The CA-1 was powered by a 365 hp (272 kW) Wright 975E-1 radial, cowled and fitted into the leading edge of the top wing driving - through an extension shaft - a pusher propeller.[1] It had a tricycle amphibian landing gear and an enclosed cabin for the pilot and passengers.[1] Only three aircraft were built and they were all sold in Japan.[1]

Specifications[edit]

Data from [2]

General characteristics

  • Crew: one
  • Capacity: four passengers
    240 lb (110 kg) baggage[3]
  • Length: 31 ft 0 in (9.45 m)
  • Wingspan: 40 ft 0 in (12.19 m)
  • Powerplant: 1 × Wright 975E-1 radial, 365 hp (272 kW)

Performance

  • Maximum speed: 151 mph (243 km/h; 131 kn)
  • Cruise speed: 125 mph (109 kn; 201 km/h)
  • Stall speed: 60 mph (52 kn; 97 km/h)
  • Range: 550 mi (478 nmi; 885 km)

See also[edit]

Related lists

References[edit]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e Orbis 1985, p. 1279
  2. ^ "American airplanes - Curtiss-hypehnates". www.aerofiles.com. 16 April 2009. Retrieved 28 January 2012. 
  3. ^ Flight 1934 p821

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