Curtiss-Wright CW-15

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CW-15 Sedan
CW-15C Sedan N436W Creve Coeur MO 10.06.06R.jpg
CW-15C Sedan on display at the Historic Aircraft Restoration Museum, Dauster Field, Creve Coeur, Missouri in June 2006
Role Civil utility aircraft
Manufacturer Curtiss-Wright
Designer Walter Burnham
First flight 1931
Number built 15

The Curtiss-Wright CW-15 Sedan was a four-seat utility aircraft produced in small numbers in the United States in the early 1930s. It was a braced high-wing monoplane with conventional tailwheel landing gear with a fully enclosed cabin, superficially resembling the Travel Air 10. At the time of the CW-15's design, Travel Air had recently been acquired by Curtiss-Wright.

Operational history[edit]

David Sinton Ingalls used a CW-15 for travel while campaigning for Governor of Ohio.[1]

Variants[edit]

CW-15C
powered by Curtiss Challenger (nine built)[2]
CW-15D
powered by Wright R-760 (three built)[2]
CW-15N
powered by Kinner C-5 (three built)[2]

Specifications (CW-15C)[edit]

Data from Curtiss Aircraft 1907–1947[2]

General characteristics

  • Crew: 1
  • Capacity: 3 pax
  • Length: 30 ft 5 in (9.27 m)
  • Wingspan: 46 ft 5 in (14.15 m)
  • Height: 8 ft 10 in (2.69 m)
  • Wing area: 240 sq ft (22 m2)
  • Airfoil: Göttingen 593[3]
  • Empty weight: 2,083 lb (945 kg)
  • Gross weight: 3,281 lb (1,488 kg)
  • Powerplant: 1 × Curtiss R-600 Challenger 6-cylinder air-cooled radial piston engine, 185 hp (138 kW)
  • Propellers: 2-bladed fixed-pitch metal propeller

Performance

  • Maximum speed: 115 mph (185 km/h; 100 kn)
  • Cruise speed: 97 mph (156 km/h; 84 kn)
  • Range: 525 mi (456 nmi; 845 km)
  • Service ceiling: 12,000 ft (3,700 m)
  • Rate of climb: 600 ft/min (3.0 m/s)

References[edit]

  1. ^ Skyways: 35. July 2001. Missing or empty |title= (help)
  2. ^ a b c d Bowers, Peter M. (1979). Curtiss aircraft, 1907-1947. London: Putnam. pp. 406–407. ISBN 0370100298.
  3. ^ Lednicer, David. "The Incomplete Guide to Airfoil Usage". m-selig.ae.illinois.edu. Retrieved 16 April 2019.

Further reading[edit]

  • Taylor, Michael J. H. (1989). Jane's Encyclopedia of Aviation. London: Studio Editions. p. 288.
  • World Aircraft Information Files. London: Bright Star Publishing. p. File 891 Sheet 55.