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The Curtiss CA-1 (sometimes known as the Commuter or the Courtney Amphibian) was an American five-seat biplane amphibian designed by Frank Courtney and built by Curtiss-Wright at St Louis, Missouri.
Design and development
Designed by the British test pilot Frank Courtney, the CA-1 was a five-seat amphibian. The CA-1 was powered by a 365 hp (272 kW) Wright 975E-1 radial, cowled and fitted into the leading edge of the top wing driving - through an extension shaft - a pusher propeller. It had a tricycle amphibian landing gear and an enclosed cabin for the pilot and passengers. Only three aircraft were built and they were all sold in Japan, designated LXC by the Imperial Japanese Navy Air Service.
Data from Curtiss Aircraft 1907–1947
- Crew: one
- Capacity: four passengers
240 lb (110 kg) baggage
- Length: 31 ft 0 in (9.45 m)
- Wingspan: 40 ft 0 in (12.19 m)
- Height: 12 ft (3.7 m)
- Airfoil: NACA 2412
- Empty weight: 2,980 lb (1,352 kg)
- Gross weight: 4,650 lb (2,109 kg)
- Powerplant: 1 × Wright R-975E-1 Whirlwind 9-cylinder air-cooled radial piston engine, 365 hp (272 kW)
- Propellers: 2-bladed fixed-pitch pusher propeller
- Maximum speed: 151 mph (243 km/h; 131 kn)
- Cruise speed: 125 mph (201 km/h; 109 kn)
- Stall speed: 60 mph (97 km/h; 52 kn)
- Range: 550 mi (478 nmi; 885 km)
- Service ceiling: 14,000 ft (4,300 m)
- Rate of climb: 835 ft/min (4.24 m/s)
- Orbis 1985, p. 1279
- Bowers, Peter M. (1979). Curtiss aircraft, 1907-1947. London: Putnam. pp. 396–397. ISBN 0370100298.
- Flight 1934 p821
- Lednicer, David. "The Incomplete Guide to Airfoil Usage". m-selig.ae.illinois.edu. Retrieved 16 April 2019.
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