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Author Topic: To Identify: Curtiss-Seagull US Navy Observation plane?  (Read 1833 times)
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« on: 11 August 2012, 23:30:01 »
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this postcard is captioned "Curtiss Seagull  U.S. Navy Scout-Observation" and dates from c1940s/50s.

Just about every image on the web I see for the Curtiss Seagull shows a bi-plane; is this an accurate caption?  Was the plane modified in later years?  Some of the references I've found mention that it could be fitted with either a float or wheels so I'm not troubled by the fact that most images also show a giant float under the fuselage--but the single wings is an issue for the i.d.
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« Reply #1 on: 12 August 2012, 09:11:44 »
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At a guess I think it is a Curtiss SO3C "Seamew" which was meant the replacement for the SOC Seagull and apparently also received the name "Seagull" the same as the aircraft it replaced.
 
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« Reply #2 on: 12 August 2012, 19:13:14 »
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Thanks, Monty!
sure does look like it.  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Curtiss_SO3C_Seamew
795 were built; used by US and UK; introduced in 1942 and retired in 1945.  I bet some were used by some country's armed forces after WWII, too.
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