Curtiss R3C-2

Front of black metal Curtiss R3C-2 biplane with two large spear shaped gliders on bottom of aircraft
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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).




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