Curtiss Model 58 F9C Sparrowhawk

Airship-based Fighter Biplane

Curtiss F9C-2 Sparrowhawk United States Navy A9056 © Karsten Palt
Photo ©: Karsten Palt
The Curtiss F9C Sparrowhawk is a single-engine single-seat airship-based fighter biplane aircraft produced by the US-American manufacturer Curtiss Aeroplane and Motor Company.
The Curtiss F9C Sparrowhawk was carried by US Navy airships USS Akron and USS Macon as a so called parasite fighter.
Crew1
Propulsion1 Radial Engine
Engine ModelWright R-975-22 Whirlwind
Engine Power298 kW400 hp
Speed283 km/h153 kts
  176 mph
Service Ceiling5.852 m19.200 ft
Range478 km258 NM
297 mi.
Empty Weight948 kg2.090 lbs
max. Takeoff Weight1.261 kg2.780 lbs
Wing Span7,77 m25 ft 6 in
Wing Area16,1 m173 ft
Length6,13 m20 ft 1 in
Height3,23 m10 ft 7 in
First Flight1931
Production Statusout of production
Total Production8
Data for (Version)Curtiss F9C-2 Sparrowhawk

[Photo-ID: 10249] Karsten Palt 2014-05-28
Curtiss F9C-2 Sparrowhawk, United States Navy, A9056, c/n , Karsten Palt, 2014Curtiss
F9C-2 Sparrowhawk
United States Navy
Reg.: A9056
 
last surviving Sparrowhawk
NASM Udvar Hazy Center [Chantilly, VA]
[Photo-ID: 10250] Karsten Palt 2014-05-28
Curtiss F9C-2 Sparrowhawk, United States Navy, A9056, c/n , Karsten Palt, 2014Curtiss
F9C-2 Sparrowhawk
United States Navy
Reg.: A9056
 
last surviving Sparrowhawk
NASM Udvar Hazy Center [Chantilly, VA]