Aircraft Photo of 40-2763 | Curtiss 85 O-52 Owl | USA - Air Force | #54302
Registration / Serial:40-2763
Military Code:119O-7
Aircraft Original Type:Curtiss 85 O-52 Owl
Aircraft Generic Type:Curtiss 85 O-52 Owl
Aircraft Version:Curtiss 85 O-52 Owl
C/n (msn):14296
Operator / Titles:USA - Air Force
City / Airport:Dayton - Wright-Patterson AFB / Wright AFB (closed)Map
Region / Country:Ohio, United States
Airport Codes:ICAO: -   IATA: -   Local: DWF   Other: -
Collection:National Museum of the US Air Force
Photo Date:20 August 2013
Photo by:Alastair T. Gardiner
Photo ID: 54302
Photo Comment

In 1940 the Army Air Corps ordered 203 O-52s for observation duties but after the US entry into WWII it was apparent that the Owl lacked the performance necessary for combat operations overseas. As a result, the USAAF relegated the type to internal courier duties and short-range submarine patrols off the US coasts. This example is now on display at the National Museum of the USAF was obtained from the US Federal Reformatory at Chillicothe, OH in 1962 and restored by the Pittsburgh Institute of Aeronautics.

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