Edo OSE

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OSE
XOSE-1 NAN9-61.jpg
Role Single-seat multirole floatplane
Manufacturer Edo Aircraft Corporation
First flight 1946
Number built 10

The Edo OSE was a 1940s American single-seat multi-role floatplane designed and manufactured by the Edo Aircraft Corporation.

Design and development[edit]

The Edo Aircraft Corporation was an established company that produced seaplane floats. In 1946, Edo designed its first aircraft, the Edo OSE. Two prototype aircraft (designated XOSE-1) were built and flown in 1946. The XOSE-1 was a single-seat low-wing cantilever monoplane with a single float and fixed wingtip stabilizing floats. The wings could be folded for shipboard storage. The aircraft was designed for a variety of roles including observation and anti-submarine patrols. Unusually, it was designed to carry a rescue cell on the underwing hardpoints, which would be capable of carrying a single person when used for air-sea rescue. Eight production aircraft (designated OSE-1) were built to a United States Navy order but none were accepted into service. A two-seat training conversion was carried out as the XTE-1, but production TE-2 aircraft were cancelled.

Variants[edit]

Edo XOSE-1 taking off
Edo XOSE-1s
S2E-1
Original designation for OSE and TE single seat floatplane scouts.
OSE-1
Prototypes and production single-seat aircraft redesignated from S2E-1; eight built.
XOSE-2
Prototype two-seat floatplane scout aircraft, two converted from OSE-1.
OSE-2
Production two-seat floatplane scout aircraft, four aircraft were assigned Bureau of Aeronautics numbers (BuNos.), but production was cancelled.
XSO2E-1
Original designation for XTE-1 conversions.
XTE-1
Two-seat floatplane trainer conversions from OSE-1, two aircraft converted from the XOSE-1 prototypes.
TE-2
Developed from the TE-1, four aircraft were assigned BuNos., but production was cancelled.

Specifications (XOSE-1)[edit]

General characteristics

  • Crew: One
  • Length: 31 ft in (9.47 m)
  • Wingspan: 37 ft 11 in (11.57 m)
  • Height: 14 ft 11 in (4.55 m)
  • Empty weight: 3,973 lb (1802 kg)
  • Gross weight: 6,064 lb (2751 kg)
  • Powerplant: 1 × Ranger V-770-8 piston engine, 550 hp (410 kW) each

Performance

  • Maximum speed: 198 mph (319 km/h)
  • Range: 900 miles (1448 km)
  • Service ceiling: 22,300 ft (6800 m)

Armament

  • two fixed forward-firing wing-mounted 0.5in (12.7mm) machine-guns
  • Underwing racks for two 350lb (159kg) depth charges

See also[edit]

Aircraft of comparable role, configuration and era
Related lists

References[edit]

  • The Illustrated Encyclopedia of Aircraft (Part Work 1982-1985). Orbis Publishing. 

External links[edit]