|CW-12 Sport Trainer and CW-16 Light Sport|
|Curtiss-Wright Travel Air CW-12W (built 2009)|
|Status||Some airworthy in 2009|
|Primary user||Private owners|
The Curtiss-Wright CW-12 Sport Trainer and CW-16 Light Sport (also marketed under the Travel Air brand that Curtiss-Wright had recently acquired) were high-performance training aircraft designed by Herbert Rawdon and Ted Wells and built in the United States in the early 1930s.
The CW-12 and CW-16 shared the same basic design as conventional single-bay biplanes with staggered wings braced with N-struts. The pilot and instructor sat in tandem, open cockpits, the forward cockpit of the CW-12 having a single seat, while the CW-16's forward cockpit could seat two passengers side-by-side. Both versions of the aircraft were available in a variety of engine choices, and some CW-16s were exported as trainers to the air forces of Bolivia and Ecuador.
- CW-12K - version powered by Kinner K-5 engine (2 built)
- CW-12Q - version powered by Wright-built de Havilland Gipsy (26 built)
- CW-12W - version powered by Warner Scarab (12 built + 1 replica)
- CW-16E - version powered by Wright J-6 Whirlwind 5 engine (10 built)
- CW-16K - version powered by Kinner B-5 engine (11 built)
- CW-16W - version powered by Warner Scarab engine (1 built)
Civil owners in USA and United Kingdom
- Argentine Navy purchased 15 CW-16Es in 1935, with 13 more possibly being built from 1938. The type remained in use until 1949.
- Brazilian Air Force received 15 CW-16Ws, with 125 hp (93 kW) Warner Scarab engines in 1935, the type remaining in service until 1940.
- Ecuadorian Air Force purchased six CW-16Es in 1935, with three more CW-16s following in 1936. Three remained in use until 1944.
Data from Curtiss Aircraft 1907–1947
- Crew: 2
- Length: 21 ft 5 in (6.53 m)
- Wingspan: 28 ft 10 in (8.79 m)
- Height: 8 ft 10 in (2.69 m)
- Wing area: 206 sq ft (19.1 m2)
- Airfoil: Clark Y (15%)
- Empty weight: 1,071 lb (486 kg)
- Gross weight: 1,725 lb (782 kg)
- Powerplant: 1 × Curtiss-Wright licence-built de Havilland Gipsy 4-cylinder air-cooled in-line piston engine, 90 hp (67 kW)
- Propellers: 2-bladed fixed-pitch propeller
- Maximum speed: 105 mph (169 km/h; 91 kn)
- Cruise speed: 88 mph (142 km/h; 76 kn)
- Range: 390 mi (339 nmi; 628 km)
- Service ceiling: 12,000 ft (3,700 m)
- Rate of climb: 600 ft/min (3.0 m/s)
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