Curtiss R3C-2

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    Curtiss R3C-2

    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).

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    Curtiss R3C-2

    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.) 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 l"

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    Curtiss R3C-2

    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.) 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 l"

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    Curtiss R3C-2

    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.) 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 l"

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    Curtiss R3C-2

    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).

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    Curtiss R3C-2 Racer

    The Curtiss R3C-2 Racer on display in the Barron Hilton Pioneers of Flight Gallery at the National Mall building.
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    Dismantling Curtiss R3C-2 Racer

    Staff work at dismantling the Curtiss R3C-2 Racer in the closed Pioneers of Flight Gallery, December 17, 2019

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    The Curtiss R3C-2

    Designed purely for speed, the R3C could be converted from a seaplane to a landplane, and it won races as both.

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    Curtiss R3C-2 Racer

    The Curtiss R3C-2 Racer on display in the Pioneers of Flight gallery at the National Mall building.
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    Curtiss R3C Racer Panorama

    Panoramic view inside Curtiss R3C Racer.

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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).