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Curtiss F11C Goshawk

2 September 2011

Curtiss F11C Goshawk

This aircraft is one of only two existing in the world, more on that later, and this on is in the National Naval Aviation Museum. The historical niche occupied by the F11C Goshawk is in dive bombing as it was the first aircraft used to develop the technique. A technique that was emulated and improved upon by the air forces of Japan and Germany prior to the opening of WW II. Germany and Japan employed the technique in battles which were prelude to WW II in Europe and China, respectively. The other Goshawk was flown by Ernst Udet and came to display in the Polish Aviation Museum (Muzeum Lotnictwa Polskiego w Krakowie).

The Curtiss F11C Goshawk, first in their series of hawk designs, and the world’s first dive bomber — photo by Joseph May

The Goshawk’s control panel and bomb aiming site — photo by Joseph May

The F11C’s semi-enclosed cockpit and emblem of the VF 1B “High Hat” squadron — photo by Joseph May

More information on this aircraft can be found at the National Naval Aviation Museum on the at their page for the F11C.

Pasting the name of the museum into the search window will bring you to to posts about the museum as well as other exhibits there.


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