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This object is on display in the Barron Hilton Pioneers of Flight Gallery exhibition at the National Mall building.


On Oct. 26, 1925, U.S. Army Lt. James H. Doolittle flew the Curtiss R3C-2 to victory in the Schneider Trophy Race with an average speed of 374 km/h (232.17 mph). The next day he flew the R3C-2 over a straight course at a world-record speed of 395 km/h (245.7 mph). In the Schneider Trophy Race of Nov. 13, 1926, this same airplane piloted by Lt. Christian F. Schilt, USMC, and piloted by an improved engine, won second place with an average speed of 372 km/h (231.4 mph).

Transferred from the War Department

Manufacturer: Curtiss Aeroplane and Motor Co.,Garden City, Long Island, N.Y.

Date: 1925

Country of Origin: United States of America

Dimensions: Wingspan: 6.71 m (22 ft.) upper
6.1 m (20 ft.) lower
Length: 6.01 m (19 ft. 8 1/2 in.)
Height: 2.46 m (8 ft. 1 in.)
Weight: Empty: 975 kg (2150 lb.)
Gross: 1152 kg (2539 lb.)
Engine: (1925) Curtiss
V-1400, 610 hp
(1926) Curtiss
V-1400, 665 hp

Physical Description:Curtiss V-1400 Engine: Type: V-type, 12 cylinders, water-cooled Mfg. No. 9 Power rating: 496 kw (665 hp) Bore and Stroke: 12.382 cm (4.875 in.) x 15.875 cm (6.25 in.) Displacement: 22.95 liters (1400 cu. in.) Curtiss-Reed Propeller: Design: EX-32995 Two-Blades, Fixed-Pitch Serial No.: M-455 Material: Duralumin Diameter: 237 cm (92 in.) Pitch: 284 cm (112 in.)

Inventory number: A19280002000

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