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Aeromarine AS

AS
AS-2
Role Scout Biplane
National origin United States
Manufacturer Aeromarine
Primary user US Navy
Number built 3 (1 AS-1, 2 AS-2)[1]
Unit cost
$18,450 each[2]

The Aeromarine AS was a seaplane fighter aircraft evaluated by the US Navy in the early 1920s.

Development and design

Other than the vertical stabilizer, it was configured as a conventional two-bay biplane on twin pontoons, with two seats.[1] The sole example of the original design, designated AS-1 had an inverted fin. After evaluation testing, the Navy ordered two aircraft, designated AS-2. The AS-2 had cruciform tails and larger radiators, and ailerons on both upper and lower wings.[1]

Variants

  • A.S.-1 1 built[2]
  • A.S.-2 2 built[2]

Operator

 United States

Specifications (AS-1)

Data from Angelucci, 1987. pp. 35-36.[1]

General characteristics
  • Crew: 2
  • Length: 30 ft 10 in (9.40 m)
  • Wingspan: 37 ft 6 in (11.43 m)
  • Height: 10 ft 10 in (3.30 m)
  • Wing area: 386 sq ft (35.9 m2)
  • Empty weight: 2,298 lb (1,042 kg)
  • Gross weight: 3,233 lb (1,466 kg)
  • Powerplant: 1 × Wright-Hispano E , 300 hp (220 kW)

Performance

  • Maximum speed: 117 mph (188 km/h; 102 kn)
  • Stall speed: 56 mph (49 kn; 90 km/h)
  • Endurance: 3 h
  • Service ceiling: 16,000 ft (4,877 m)
  • Rate of climb: 750 ft/min (3.8 m/s)
Armament
  • 2x machine guns

References

  1. ^ a b c d Angelucci, 1987. pp. 35-36.
  2. ^ a b c Eckland, K.O. (2009-03-30). "Aeromarine". USA: aerofiles.com. Retrieved 7 March 2012. 

Bibliography

  • Angelucci, Enzo (1987). The American Fighter from 1917 to the present. New York: Orion Books. pp. 35–36. 
  • Taylor, J. H. (ed) (1989) Jane's Encyclopedia of Aviation. Studio Editions: London. p. 29

External links

  • Eckland, K.O. (2009-03-30). "Aeromarine". USA: aerofiles.com. Retrieved 7 March 2012. 
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