Consolidated O-17 Courier

1st Flight 1927

Military Users- Royal Canadian Air Force, United States National Guard.

Consolidated O-17

A parallel development to the Consolidated 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.

It was used almost exclusively as a cross-country flying, gunnery, photographic and radio trainer.

Consolidated O-17

The O-17 had a removable fairing (carrying a Scarff ring mounting for one .30 cal (7.62 mm) trainable Browning machine gun}.

The Royal Canadian Air Force purchased three generally similar aircraft, two Model 7 landplanes and one Model 8 floatplane, the latter with the same float gear as the NY series.

Consolidated O-17

The sole XO-17A was converted from the PT-3 as a demonstrator that failed to secure any orders.

It was later fitted with the experimental Packard DR-980 Diesel engine of 225 hp (168 kW).

Consolidated O-17

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.

Consolidated O-17


XO-17 prototype, O-17 Model 2 Courier, XO-17A prototype, Model 7 RCAF landplane, Model 8 RCAF floatplane, XPT-8 demonstrator, XPT-8A, Model 15 demonstrator.

Consolidated O-17


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)

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

Consolidated O-17


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)


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

Consolidated O-17


Reuben Fleet and the story of Consolidated Aircraft-William Wagner.

Consolidated Aircraft Corporation-Katrina Pescador, Mark Aldrich.

The Complete book of fighters-William Green, Gordon Swanborough.


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