|A Maryland National Guard Consolidated O-17|
|Manufacturer||Consolidated Aircraft Company|
|First flight||April 1927|
|Primary users||United States National Guard|
Royal Canadian Air Force
The Consolidated Model 2 Courier was an observation and training airplane used by the United States National Guard, under the designation O-17.
Development[edit | edit source]
A parallel development to the PT-3 series, the XO-17 was a converted PT-3 with such refinements as improved fuselage streamlining, oleo shock absorbers, wheel brakes, balanced elevators and increased fuel capacity.
Used almost exclusively as a cross country flying, gunnery, photographic and radio trainer. The O-17 had a removable fairing (carrying a Scarff ring mounting for one .30 cal (7.62 mm) trainable Browning machine gun.
The Model 15 was also an O-17 type airframe fitted with a Pratt & Whitney R-1340 engine. It too failed to win any contracts.
Variants[edit | edit source]
- XO-17 (prototype)
- Consolidated PT-3 Conversion with a 225 hp (168 kW) Wright R-790-1 engine, streamlined fuselage, modified undercarriage, increased fuel capacity, provision for dual controls and a dorsal 0.3 in (7.62 mm) gun, one conversion.
- O-17 Model 2 Courier
- Production version for United States National Guard use, 29 built.
- XO-17A (prototype)
- One Consolidated PT-3 converted with a Wright R-790-3 engine intended for export.
- Model 7 (RCAF landplane)
- Royal Canadian Air Force, two built.
- Model 8 (RCAF floatplane)
- Royal Canadian Air Force, one built.
- XPT-8 (demonstrator)
- The airframe of the XO-17A prototype fitted with a Packard DR-980 Diesel engine of 225 hp (168 kw), scrapped in 1932.
- A single PT-3A (29-115) similarly converted with a Packard DR-980 Diesel engine with Project Number 'P-564', but returned to PT-3A configuration. The airframe was subsequently lost in a fatal mid-air with a P-12C of the 17th Pursuit Squadron 2 miles W of New Baltimore, Michigan on 17 December 1931.
- Model 15 (demonstrator)
- Conversion with a Pratt & Whitney R-1340 engine.
Operators[edit | edit source]
Specifications (O-17)[edit | edit source]
Data from Eden & Moeng (2002)
- Crew: Two
- Length: 27 ft 11 in (8.51 m)
- Wingspan: 34 ft 5.5 in (10.5 m)
- Height: 9 ft 9 in (2.97 m)
- Wing area: 296 ft2 (27.5 m2)
- Empty weight: 1,881 lb (853 kg)
- Max. takeoff weight: 2,723 lb (1235 kg)
- Powerplant: 1 × Wright R-790-1 radial, 225 hp (168 kW)
- Maximum speed: 118 mph (190 km/h)
- Cruise speed: 100 mph (161 km/h)
- Range: 550 miles (885 km)
- Service ceiling: 12,000' (3660 m)
- Rate of climb: 865 ft/min (264 m/min)
See also[edit | edit source]
References[edit | edit source]
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- Swanborough, F. G.; Bowers, Peter M. (1964). "United States Military Aircraft Since 1909". New York: Putnam. ISBN 0-85177-816-X. http://books.google.com/books?id=3QZUAAAAMAAJ&q=O-17.
- Eden, Paul; Moeng, Soph (2002). "The Complete Encyclopedia of World Aircraft". London: Amber Books. ISBN 978-0-7607-3432-2. http://books.google.com/books?id=6xMYAAAACAAJ.
- Andrade, John M. (1979). "U.S. Military Aircraft Designations and Serials Since 1909". Hinckley, UK: Midland Counties Publications. ISBN 0-904597-22-9. http://books.google.co.uk/books?id=-KMgAAAAMAAJ&q=Courier.
- Andrade, John M. U.S. Military Aircraft Designations and Serials since 1909. Earl Shilton, Leicester: Midland Counties Publications, 1979. ISBN 0-904597-22-9, page 198.
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