Curtiss GS

The Curtiss GS aircraft were two types of similar scout aircraft designed and built by the Curtiss Aeroplane and Motor Company for the United States Navy.[1]

Curtiss GS
Curtiss GS-1.jpg
The Curtiss GS-1 triplane
Role Naval scout float plane
National origin United States
Manufacturer Curtiss Aeroplane and Motor Company
First flight 1918
Introduction 1918
Primary user United States Navy
Number built 6

Design and developmentEdit

In 1917 the United States Navy ordered five scout aircraft from Curtiss, they were designated the GS for Gnome Scout, named for the French-built 100 hp (75 kW) Gnome rotary engine used to power the aircraft.[1] The GS was a biplane with a central float and a stabiliser float at each end of the lower wing.[1] The Navy ordered an additional aircraft as a triplane, which was designated the GS-1 and the original aircraft was retrospectively designated the GS-2.[1] Although they were delivered to the Navy in 1918 nothing further is known about the type, other than that the GS-1 was destroyed in a landing accident on 1 April 1918.[2]

VariantsEdit

GS-1
Triplane scout floatplane, one built.[3]
GS-2
Biplane scout floatplane, five built.[3]

OperatorsEdit

  United States

See alsoEdit

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ReferencesEdit

CitationsEdit

  1. ^ a b c d Orbis 1985, p. 1218
  2. ^ "American airplanes - Curtiss # to J". www.aerofiles.com. 18 March 2009. Retrieved 23 May 2011.
  3. ^ a b Andrade 1979, p. 24

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