Vought OS2U Kingfisher

ICAO aircraft code OS2U
Manufacturer Vought
Country United States

The Vought OS2U Kingfisher is an American catapult-launched observation floatplane.


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Vought OS2U Kingfisher Specifications

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ICAO aircraft code
1939 - 1942
United States

Aircraft performance

1x Pratt & Whitney R-985-AN2 Wasp Junior
450 HP
Max Cruise Speed:
149 Kts
276 Km/h
Approach Speed (Vref):
48 Kts
Travel range:
789 Nm
1,461 Kilometers
Service Ceiling:
18,200 feet
Rate of Climb:
960 feet / minute
4.88meter / second

Weight & dimensions

Max Take Off Weight:
2,722 Kg
6,001 lbs
Max Landing Weight:
2,259 Kg
4,980 lbs
Max Payload:
600 Kg
1,323 lbs
Fuel Tank Capacity:
144 gallon
545 liter

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About the Vought OS2U Kingfisher

The Vought OS2U Kingfisher is an American catapult-launched observation floatplane. It was a compact mid-wing monoplane, with a large central float and small stabilizing floats. Performance was modest because of its low-powered engine. The OS2U could also operate on fixed, wheeled, taildragger landing gear.

The OS2U was the main shipboard observation seaplane used by the United States Navy during World War II, and 1,519 of the aircraft were built. It served on battleships and cruisers of the US Navy, with the United States Marine Corps in Marine Scouting Squadron Three (VMS-3), with the United States Coast Guard at coastal air stations, at sea with the Fleet Air Arm of the Royal Navy, and with the Soviet Navy. The Royal Australian Air Force also operated a few Kingfishers from shore bases.

The Naval Aircraft Factory OS2N was the designation of the OS2U-3 aircraft built by the Naval Aircraft Factory in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The OS2U first flew on 1 March 1938.

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