No. 10092. Curtiss 44 A-3 Falcon (27-243) US Army Air Corps
Photograph from USAF, taken at McCook Field, Dayton, Ohio, USA
Aeroplane Photo Supply (APS) Photo No. 509

Curtiss 44 A-3 Falcon

02/28/2011. Remarks by Johan Visschedijk: "The A-3 (Curtiss Model 44) was an attack aircraft converted from O-1B observation machines, incorporating bomb racks under the wings and a 0.30 in (7.62 mm) machinegun in each lower wing panel to supplement the two 0.30 in (7.62 mm) forward-firing nose machinegun and the twin 0.30 in (7.62 mm) Lewis guns on the rear cockpit Scarff ring.

In all, 76 A-3s were produced, s/n 27-243, 27-245 to 27-262, 27-298 to 27-317, 28-083 to 28-118, of which five, including 27-306, 27-310, and 27-315 were converted to A-3A dual control trainers. The pictured first A-3 was tested at McCook Field under the Project Number P-493, it was scrapped in 1932.

Later 78 A-3Bs (Curtiss Model 37H) were produced, s/n 30-1 to 30-28 and 30-231 to 30-280, these incorporated O-1E structural and aerodynamic improvements, including balanced ailerons and elevators, a 36 gal (136 l) belly fuel tank, oleo struts and a tail wheel.

The sole XA-4, s/n 27-244, was identical to the A-3 except for installation of a 410 hp Pratt & Whitney Wasp R-1340. Under Project Number P-500 it was also tested at McCook Field."

Created October 31, 2010