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Curtiss T-32 Condor II
The Curtiss T-32 Condor II was a 1930s American biplane airliner and bomber aircraft.
It was used by the United States Army Air Corps as an executive transport.
The Condor II was a 1933 two-bay biplane of mixed construction with a single vertical stabilizer and rudder, and retractable landing gear.
It was powered by two Wright Cyclone radial engines.
The first aircraft was flown on 30 January 1933 and a production batch of 21 aircraft was then built.
The production aircraft were fitted out as 12-passenger luxury night sleeper transports.
They entered service with Eastern Air Transport and American Airways, forerunners of Eastern Air Lines and American Airlines, respectively, on regular night services for the next three years.
The Colombian Air Force operated three BT-32s equipped with floats in the Colombia-Peru War in 1933.
Two modified T-32s were bought by the United States Army Air Corps (designated YC-30) for use as executive transports.
One Condor was converted with extra fuel tanks and used by the 1939–1941 United States Antarctic Service Expedition, and unique for a Condor, had a fixed undercarriage to allow use on floats or skis.
Some aircraft were later modified to AT-32 standard with variable-pitch propellers and improved engine nacelles.
The AT-32D variant could be converted from sleeper configuration to daytime use with 15 seats.
Four T-32s operating in the United Kingdom were pressed into service with the Royal Air Force at the outbreak of World War II.
Eight bomber variants (BT-32) were built with manually operated machine-gun turrets in the nose and above the rear fuselage.
All these aircraft were exported.
A military cargo version (CT-32) was also built for Argentina.
It had a large loading door on the starboard side of the fuselage.
Production luxury night sleeper, 21 built including two as YC-30s.
Ten T-32s modified to AT-32 standard.
Variant with variable-pitch propellers and 710 hp (529 kW) Wright SGR-1820-F3 Cyclone engines, three built.
An AT-32 variant with 720 hp (537 kW) Wright SGR-1820-F2 Cyclone engines, three built.
An AT-32 variant, one built for Swissair.
An AT-32 variant with 720 hp (537 kW) Wright SGR-1820-F3 Cyclone engines, one built.
AT-32 variant for the United States Navy as the R4C-1, two built.
Bomber variant, eight built.
Military cargo variant with large cargo door, three built.
United States Army Air Corps designation for two T-32s.
United States Navy designation for two AT-32Es (one for United States Marine Corps) later to the United States Antarctic Service.
AT-32C Condor II
2 flight crew + 1 cabin attendant
48 ft 7 in (14.81 m)
82 ft 0 in (24.99 m)
16 ft 4 in (4.98 m)
1,208 sq ft (112.2 m
12,235 lb (5,550 kg)
17,500 lb (7,938 kg)
2 × Wright SGR-1820-F2 Cyclone 9-cylinder air-cooled radial piston engines,
720 hp (540 kW) each at 4,000 ft (1,200 m)
3-bladed controllable-pitch propellers
190 mph (310 km/h, 170 kn)
167 mph (269 km/h, 145 kn)
716 mi (1,152 km, 622 nmi)
23,000 ft (7,000 m)
Rate of climb
1,200 ft/min (6.1 m/s).
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