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Curtiss-Wright SOC Seagull
Technical Information

Background
Entered service in 1935. The first order was for 135 SOC-1 models, which was followed by 40 SOC-2 models for landing operations and 83 SOC-3s. A variant of the SOC-3 was built by the Naval Aircraft Factory and was known as the SON-1. By 1941, most battleships had transitioned to the Vought OS2U Kingfisher and cruisers were expected to replace their aging SOC.

SO3C-1 Seagull
Curtiss Model 82A.

SO3C-2 Seagull
Built unitl 1940 Model 71 Seagull. Built after 1940 Curtiss Model 82B.

SO3C-2C Seagull (Seamew I)
Transferred to Royal Navy as Seamew I

SO3C-3 Seagull
Built unitl 1940 Model 71 Seagull. Built after 1940 Curtiss Model 82C.

SO3C-2C Seagull
Curtiss Model 82B.

SO3C-3 Seagull
Contract cancelled.

Curtiss SOC-3A / SOC-4
Curtiss -Wright Corporation Model 71 Seagull. (SOC-4s taken over from U. S. Coast Guard).

Curtiss XSO3C-1 Seagull
Curtiss Model 82.

SON-1 Seagull
The SOC-3 design was the basis of the Naval Aircraft Factory (NAF) SON-1 variant. The NAF delivered 64 aircraft from 1940.

Technical Details
Crew  Two (pilot and observer)
Engine  Pratt & Whitney R-1340-22 radial engine, 550 hp (410 kW)
Span  36 ft 0 in (10.98 m)
Length  31 ft 1 in (9.48 m)
Height  14 ft 9 in
Maximum Speed 165 mph
Range  675 miles
Armament  1 x 50 caliber Machine Gun (nose) 1 x 30 caliber (rear)
Bombload  650 lbs

 

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