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Consolidated O-17 Courier

The Consolidated O-17 Courier (company designation Model 2) was an observation and training aircraft used by the United States National Guard.


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.

O-17 Model 2 Courier

Production version for United States National Guard use.

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.

Model 8 (RCAF floatplane)

Royal Canadian Air Force.

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.





27 ft 11 in (8.51 m)


34 ft 5.5 in (10.5 m)


9 ft 9 in (2.97 m)

Wing area

296 sq ft (27.5 m2)

Empty weight

1,881 lb (853 kg)

Max take-off weight

2,723 lb (1,235 kg)


1 × Wright R-790-1 radial, 225 hp (168 kW)


Maximum speed

118 mph (190 km/h, 103 kn)

Cruise speed

100 mph (161 km/h, 87 kn)


550 mi (885 km, 480 nmi)

Service ceiling

12,000 ft (3,660 m)

Rate of climb

865 ft/min (4.39 m/s)


1 × .30 cal (7.62 mm) M1919 Browning machine gun.



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