Curtiss-Wright CW-15. Specifications. A photo.
Curtiss-Wright CW-15. Specifications. A photo.

Curtiss-Wright CW-15. Specifications. A photo.


Curtiss-Wright CW-15 - an easy four-plane, manufactured by «Curtiss-Wright» with 1931 years.

Development of the aircraft Curtiss-Wright CW-15 began American Aircraft company «Curtiss-Wright» at the end of 20-ies of the last century, at the same time, despite almost 100-year history of the aircraft, the plane is still operated by the owners.

The main reason for the popularity of the aircraft Curtiss-Wright CW-15 is the fact that, given the time of production of this model, the plane has a number of advanced features, including a large seating capacity (including private use of aircraft), high reliability, reasonable speed and distance displacement. In addition, the model aircraft Curtiss-Wright CW-15 has good maneuverability and easy enough control that makes it quite easy to be controlled.


Photo Curtiss-Wright CW-15


On board the aircraft can accommodate up to four people, and, until 50-ies of the last century, the aircraft was operated not only by private owners, but also by air carriers operating on local airlines. The maximum range of the flight Curtiss-Wright CW-15 is 845 kilometers, which is not so much, but it meets most of the requirements for aircraft of this type and production time. The cabin of the aircraft was made quite simply, however, it was mainly due to the low price - the main goal that American aircraft designers were trying to attract the maximum number of customers with low price and good characteristics, but ultimately it did not happen From some financial problems, in connection with which for the entire period of production of this model, only 15 aircraft were created.

The power plant Curtiss-Wright CW-15 is represented by one piston aircraft engine Curtiss Challenger with a capacity of 185 hp, however, in other modifications, other power plants are used, allowing to develop both lower and higher power, which accordingly affects the flight technical the characteristics of this aircraft.


Curtiss-Wright CW-15 photo


Over the entire period of production, which has become very short-lived, the three main versions of the aircraft were built:

  • Curtiss-Wright CW-15C - Main production version. Built 8 aircraft;
  • Curtiss-Wright CW-15D - Modification is equipped with a piston engine Wright R-760; Built 3 aircraft;
  • Curtiss-Wright CW-15N - A modified version, equipped with a piston aircraft engine Kinner C-5. Built 3 aircraft.


Today it is known the existence of at least four of the model aircraft.


Technical characteristics of Curtiss-Wright CW-15.



  • Crew: 1 people;
  • Passenger: 3 person;
  • aircraft Length: 9,27 m .;
  • Wingspan: 13,24 m .;
  • Plane Height: 2,7 m .;
  • Weight of empty aircraft: 945 kg. (Depending on version);
  • Payload: 543 kg. (Depending on version);
  • Maximum takeoff weight: 1488 kg. (Depending on version);
  • Cruising speed: 160 km \ h. (Depending on version);
  • Maximum flight speed: 185 km \ h. (Depending on version);
  • Maximum flight distance: 845 km .;
  • Maximum flight height: 3660 m .;
  • aircraft engine type: a piston;
  • Powerplant: Curtiss Challenger (depending on modification);
  • Power: 185 hp (Depending on version).


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