Vought O2U Corsair

Scout and observation aircraft introduced in 1926

Vought O2U 1 Corsair of VO 3S
photo: SDASM Archives

The Vought O2U Corsair was built by Vought Corporation as a scout and observation aircraft during the 1920s. It was introduced in 1926 and two prototypes were ordered in the same year. The O2U was mainly used by the United States Navy, United States Marine Corps, and United States Coast Guard. A total of 580 aircraft were built.

Manufacturer:
Vought
Country:
United States
Manufactured:
1926 to: 1929
ICAO:
O2U
Price:

Specifications

Avionics:
Engine:
1x Pratt & Whitney R-1690-42 Hornet radial engine
other: Other
Power:
600 horsepower
Max Cruise Speed:
145 knots
269 Km/h
Approach Speed (Vref):
43 knots
Travel range:
591 Nautical Miles
1,095 Kilometers
Fuel Economy:
Service Ceiling:
18,600 feet
Rate of Climb:
2100 feet / minute
10.67metre / second
Take Off Distance:
Landing Distance:
Max Take Off Weight:
2,161 Kg
4,764 lbs
Max Landing Weight:
Max Payload:
227 Kg
500 lbs
Fuel Tank Capacity:
90 gallon
341 litre
Baggage Volume:
Seats - Economy / General:
2 seats
Seats - Business Class:
Seats - First Class:
Cabin Height:
Cabin Width:
Cabin Length:
Exterior Length:
8.68 metre - 28.48 feet
Tail height:
3.47 metre - 11.38 feet
Fuselage Diameter:
1 metre - 3.28 feet
Wing Span / Rotor Diameter:
10.51 metre - 34.48 feet
Wing Tips:
No Winglets
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Description

In 1926, two prototypes designated as O2U-1 were ordered and underwent testing by the Navy Trial Board before proceeding with the initial production versions. In 1927, 291 O2Us were built in total. In 1928, orders for the O2U-2, O2U-3, and O2U-4 versions were placed; these versions incorporated minor modifications. In 1930, the O3U version was built; it was almost the same as the O2U-4 but fitted with a Grumman amphibious float. Several more versions were produced, resulting in a total of 580 aircraft built.

The SU-4 Corsair is a re-engined version that could carry two crew members and 227 kg of load. Forty-one of this version were built. It has an external length of 8.37 meters, an external height of 3.4 meters, and a fuselage width of 1 meter. The tail height is 3.47 meters and the wheelbase is 5.9 meters. It is a biplane scout and observation aircraft with a wingspan of 10.97 meters and a wing area of 31.31 square meters. It has an empty weight of 1,502 kg, a maximum takeoff weight of 2,161 kg, and a fuel tank capacity of 90 US gal.

The aircraft is powered by a single Pratt and Whitney R-1690-42 Hornet engine. It is a nine-cylinder single-row supercharged air-cooled radial engine with a pushrod-actuated valvetrain, a single-speed centrifugal-type supercharger, a two-barrel Stromberg carburetor fuel system, an air-cooling system, and an epicyclic reduction gear. The engine produces a maximum thrust of 600 horsepower.

The Corsair has a maximum speed of 145 knots at sea level and a travel range of 591 nautical miles. It can fly up to 18,600 feet and can climb at a rate of 2,100 feet per minute. It is loaded with three 7.62 mm Browning machine guns; one forward-firing located in the upper wing and two on a trainable mount in the rear cockpit, and four 53 kg or 14 kg of bombs under the lower wings.

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