|Curtiss Oriole at Houston, 1919|
|National origin||United States|
The Oriole fuselage was constructed using laminated wood to form a monocoque body and was powered by either the Curtiss OX-5 V-8 or the Curtiss K-6 engine. The aircraft featured a self-starter and a tall thin radiator in the pilot's field of view.
One Curtiss Oriole were sold to Brazilian Naval Aviation in 1926.
Syd (brother of Charlie) Chaplin Air Line used Curtiss Oriole(s) for its one year of operation in 1920.
Igor Sikorsky offered a kit to replace the lower wings with a smaller pair with less drag-producing struts and wires. One example with this modification and a 150 hp Hispano-Suiza upgrade, was entered in the 1927 National Air Races. Before the races, the engine was upgraded again to a Hispano-Suiza 220 hp engine, which overwhelmed the cooling system with metal shavings, causing the aircraft to drop out of the race.
- An Oriole is on static display at the Glenn H. Curtiss Museum in Hammondsport, New York.
- Reproduction – Oriole on static display at the Minnesota Air National Guard Museum in St. Paul, Minnesota.
- In storage at the Fantasy of Flight, in Polk City, Florida.
- Three in storage at Century Aviation in East Wenatchee, Washington.[failed verification]
Specifications (short-span wings, OX-5 engine)Edit
Data from Curtiss Aircraft 1907–1947
- Crew: one
- Capacity: two passengers
- Length: 25 ft 0 in (7.62 m)
- Wingspan: 36 ft 0 in (10.97 m)
- Height: 10 ft 1 in (3.07 m)
- Wing area: 326 sq ft (30.3 m2)
- Empty weight: 1,428 lb (648 kg)
- Gross weight: 2,036 lb (924 kg)
- Powerplant: 1 × Curtiss OX-5 water-cooled V-8 engine, 90 hp (67 kW)
- Maximum speed: 86 mph (138 km/h, 75 kn)
- Cruise speed: 69 mph (111 km/h, 60 kn)
- Range: 582 mi (937 km, 506 nmi)
- Service ceiling: 8,000 ft (2,400 m)
- Rate of climb: 400 ft/min (2.0 m/s)
- "Chaplin Airlines". Retrieved 18 January 2011.
- Aerial Age: 11. 15 March 1920. Missing or empty
- "Northwest Curtiss Oriole". Retrieved 18 January 2011.
- "BYRD WILL CARRY A CURTISS ORIOLE; Three-Passenger Plane to Be Taken on Polar Trip in Case Big Fokker Fails. LOADING TO START TODAY Chantier Goes to Navy Yard to Take On Final Cargo in Readiness for Monday's Sailing". The New York Times. April 2, 1926.
- "The Minnesota Air National Guard". Archived from the original on 7 March 2011. Retrieved 18 January 2011.
- Experimenter. April 1957. Missing or empty
- "Aircraft". Glenn H. Curtiss Museum. Retrieved 14 December 2019.
- "CURTISS ORIOLE". Minnesota Air National Guard Museum. Retrieved 14 December 2019.
- "1919 Curtiss Oriole 'Kristine'". Century Aviation. Retrieved 14 December 2019.
- Bowers 1979, p. 176.
- Media related to Curtiss Oriole at Wikimedia Commons