Orenco D

1st Flight 1919

The Orenco D was an American biplane fighter aircraft, designed by Orenco and built by Curtiss Aeroplane and Motor Company.

It was the first fighter type of completely indigenous design to enter US military service.

Variants

Orenco D

Prototype, four built

Curtiss Orenco D

Production aircraft, 50 built.

Orenco D-2 (has its own page)

Prototype based on Curtiss Orenco D. three built, under military designation PW-3.

Specifications

crew: one

length: 21 ft 6 in (6.55 m)

Height: 8 ft 3 in (2.51 m)

Upper Wing

Span: 30 ft (9.1 m)

Area: 142 sq ft (13.2 m2)

Lower wing

Span: 28 ft (8.5 m)

Area: 119 sq ft (11.1 m2)

Total wing area (including ailerons): 261 sq ft (24.2 m2)

Wing gap: 52 in (1,300 mm)

Wing stagger: 12 in (300 mm)

Empty weight: 1,666 lb (756 kg)

Gross weight: 2,432 lb (1,103 kg)

Powerplant: one × Wright-Hispano H 300 hp (220 kW)

Fuel Capacity: 330 lb (150 kg)

Performance

Speed

At sea level: 147 mph (237 km/h)

At 10,000 ft (3,000 m): 139 mph (224 km/h)

Time to climb

To 5,000 ft (1,500 m): 4 min 20 s

To 10,000 ft (3,000 m): 8 min 54 s

To 15,000 ft (4,600 m): 16 min 45 s

Service ceiling: 12,450 ft (3,790 m)

Range at full speed: 275 mi (443 km)

Armament

2 × .30 in (7.6 mm) machine guns.

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