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Curtiss F8C Falcon fighter - diving bomber, OC / O2C Helldiver diving bomber

 

Modification Purpose Deliveries Number of commissioned Discarding Differences from the previous modification
F8C-3 (OC-2) fighter - diving bomber 1/1928 - 1928 21 9/1935 Pratt & Whitney R-1340-B engine (430 h. p.), 3 MG
F8C-4 8/1930 - 11/1931 25 R-1340-88 engine (450 h. p.), 4 MG
F8C-5 (O2C-1) 63 minor alterations
O2C-1 diving bomber 1934 30 7/1938 ---

 

Modification F8C-3 (OC-2)

F8C-4

Wing span, m

11.58

9.75

Length, m

8.51

7.82

Height, m

3.55 3.12

Wings area, m2

32.52 28.61

Empty mass, kg

1141 1140

Full flying-off mass, kg

1901

1716

Engine 1 Pratt & Whitney R-1340-B 1 Pratt & Whitney R-1340-88
Power, h. p. 430 450
Maximal speed, km/h 232 237
Cruise speed, km/h 202 215
Flying range, km 1046 730
Vertical speed, m/s 7.4  
Maximal altitude, m 4600 5300
Complement 2 2
Armament 3 x 7.6 Browning MG, later 227 kg of bombs (3 - 4) 7.6 Browning MG, 227 kg of bombs

O-1G

 

Ivan Gogin, 2008