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Curtiss-Wright CW-22 Falcon

History

The Curtiss CW-22 had the same ancestor as the CW-21, which is the CW-19, and was equipped with the same landing gear as the CW-21.
The engine was considerably lighter and less powerful than that of the CW-21 and thus the performance was less than that of the CW-21.
The CW-22 was intended as a civilian light aircraft, as trainer and also for use as a military scout and general purpose.

The prototype, designated CW-22A, was used as a demonstration aircraft and is one of four still remaining Falcons.
The first major user of the CW-22 with Wright R-975 Whirlwind radial engine, was the NEIAF, which ordered 36 examples.
These were delivered via Australia because of the advancing Japanese threat.

The next version, the CW-22B was sold to Turkey (50) and also to the NEIAF, 25 examples, and, in smaller numbers, to several South American countries.
Because of the capitulation, not all aircraft were delivered to the Dutch East Indies, but were delivered to and used by Australia.
An unarmed version was sold as a CW-22N to the U.S. Navy, which they denoted as Curtiss SNC Falcon-1.

Versions

CW-A22:
the prototype
CW-22:
the first production version, 36 built and delivered to NEIAF.
CW-22B:
Improved, armed variant, circa 100 examples built.
CW-22N:
Advanced trainer, for the US Navy, under the designation SNC-1N. 455 built.

 

Technical information
Dimensions:
Length: 8,23 m Wingspan: 10,67 m
Height: 3,02 m Wing area: 16,14 m2
Weights:
Empty weight: 1241 kg Max. start weight: 1718 kg
Performances:
Max. speed: 319 km/hr Rate of climb: - m/min
Range: 1255 km Service ceiling: 6645 m
Miscellaneous:
Engine type: One Wright Cyclone R-975-28 rated 420 pk .
Crew: Two men:
Trainer: One instructor plus one pupil
Scout: one aviator plus one observer
Armament: Two 7,62 mm machine-guns