Vought OS2U Kingfisher

Observation / Rescue Aircraft

Vought-Sikorsky OS2U-3 Kingfisher United States Navy 5903 13 © Karsten Palt
Photo ©: Karsten Palt
The Vought OS2U Kingfisher is a single-engine two-seat observation aircraft produced by the American manufacturer Vought Sikorsky Aircraft, later by the Vought Division of United Aircraft Corp.. The Kingfisher was the primary ship-based observation aircraft of the US Navy during WWII. Most OS2Us operated in the Pacific Theater where the main role was to rescue downed airmen.
The OS2U Kingfisher could also be operated in a landplane configuration with a wheel landing gear.
Crew2
Propulsion1 Radial Engine
Engine ModelPratt & Whitney R-985-AN-2 Wasp Junior
Engine Power336 kW450 hp
Speed265 km/h143 kts
  165 mph
Service Ceiling3.962 m13.000 ft
Range1.296 km700 NM
806 mi.
Empty Weight1.870 kg4.123 lbs
max. Takeoff Weight2.722 kg6.000 lbs
Wing Span10,95 m35 ft 11 in
Wing Area24,3 m262 ft
Length10,31 m33 ft 10 in
Height4,61 m15 ft 1 in
First Flight03/1938
Production Statusout of production
Total Production1519
Data for (Version)Vought OS2U-3 Kingfisher
VariantsVought OS2U-1, OS2U-2, OS2U-3, OS2N-1

[Photo-ID: 10365] Karsten Palt 2014-05-28
Vought-Sikorsky OS2U-3 Kingfisher, United States Navy, 5903, c/n 13, Karsten Palt, 2014Vought-Sikorsky
OS2U-3 Kingfisher
United States Navy
Reg.: 5903
c/n: 13
 
NASM Udvar Hazy Center [Chantilly, VA]
[Photo-ID: 10366] Karsten Palt 2014-05-28
Vought-Sikorsky OS2U-3 Kingfisher, United States Navy, 5903, c/n 13, Karsten Palt, 2014Vought-Sikorsky
OS2U-3 Kingfisher
United States Navy
Reg.: 5903
c/n: 13
 
NASM Udvar Hazy Center [Chantilly, VA]