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Curtiss Model S

Model S

National origin: United States
Manufacturer: Curtiss Aeroplane and Motor Company

The Curtiss Model S (also known as Speed Scout or Model 10) was a single-seat fighter aircraft.

Development and design

The Model S was Curtiss' first attempt at a fast and maneuverable single-seat fighter. The first variant, S-1, had disappointing performance. In March 1917, new wings were attached to the S-1 fuselage and the project was redesignated S-2. In 1917, the S-3 became the first triplane in service in the United States. In 1918 and 1919, Curtiss experimented with seaplane versions of the S-3, designated S-4 and S-5. The S-6 was intended to be an improved S-3, but performance was poor and of the 12 ordered by the USASC, only 1 was delivered.


S-1 Speed Sout
Biplane, unarmed
S-2 Wireless
Biplane, updated S-1 lacked wing wires. First flight in March 1917.
Model 10 - Triplane derived from S-2. Four built.
Model 10A - Seaplane version of S-3 with 2 main floats
Model 10B - Seaplane version of S-3 with 1 main central float and two wingtip floats.
Model 10C - Triplane, improved S-3

Specifications (S-3)

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General characteristics

Crew: 1
Length: 19 ft 6 in (5.94 m)
Wingspan: 25 ft 0 in (7.62 m)
Height: 8 ft 7 in (2.62 m)
Wing area: 142.6 ft (13.25 m)
Empty weight: 970 lb (440 kg)
Gross weight: 1,320 lb (599 kg)
Powerplant: 1 x Curtiss OXX-3, 100 hp (75 kW)


Maximum speed: 115 mph (185 km/h)
Service ceiling: 16,500 ft (5,029 m)


Angelucci, Enzo (1987). The American Fighter from 1917 to the present. New York: Orion Books.
Bowers, Peter M. (1979). Curtiss Aircraft 1907-1947. London: Putnam. ISBN 0 370 10029 8.

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