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Travel Air 16 Sport
Curtiss-Wright CW-12 Sport Trainer / CW-16 Light Sport
 
 Curt-CW12-01
Curtiss-Wright Travel Air CW-12W built 2009
 
First flying in 1931, the Curtiss-Wright CW-12 Sport Trainer and CW-16 Light Sport (also marketed under the Travel Air brand that Curtiss-Wright had recently acquired) were high-performance training aircraft designed by Herbert Rawdon and Ted Wells and built in the United States in the early 1930s.
 
 Curt-CW12-02
Curtiss Travel Air 16E
 
The CW-12 and CW-16 shared the same basic design as conventional single-bay biplanes with staggered wings braced with N-struts. The pilot and instructor sat in tandem, open cockpits, the forward cockpit of the CW-12 having a single seat, while the CW-16's forward cockpit could seat two passengers side-by-side. Both versions of the aircraft were available in a variety of engine choices, and some CW-16s were exported as trainers to the air forces of Bolivia and Ecuador. Civil owners were in the USA and United Kingdom.
 
63 were built.
 
The Argentine Navy purchased 15 CW-16Es in 1935, with 13 more possibly being built from 1938. The type remained in use until 1949. The Bolivian Air Force purchased three CW-16s in 1934, with the type in use until 1943.The Brazilian Air Force received 15 CW-16Ws, with 125 hp (93 kW) Warner Scarab engines in 1935, the type remaining in service until 1940. The Colombian Air Force received six CW-16s in 1933. The Ecuadorian Air Force purchased six CW-16Es in 1935, with three more CW-16s following in 1936. Three remained in use until 1944.

 

Travel-16-01
Travel Air 16 Sport-Modified
 
Variants:
 
CW-12K
Engine: Kinner K-5
2 built
 
CW-12Q
Engine: Wright-built de Havilland Gipsy, 90 hp (67 kW)
Propeller: 2-bladed fixed-pitch
Wingspan: 28 ft 10 in (8.79 m)
Wing area: 206 sq ft (19.1 sq.m)
Airfoil: Clark Y (15%)
Length: 21 ft 5 in (6.53 m)
Height: 8 ft 10 in (2.69 m)
Empty weight: 1,071 lb (486 kg)
Gross weight: 1,725 lb (782 kg)
Maximum speed: 105 mph (169 km/h; 91 kn)
Cruise speed: 88 mph (142 km/h; 76 kn)
Range: 390 mi (339 nmi; 628 km)
Service ceiling: 12,000 ft (3,700 m)
Rate of climb: 600 ft/min (3.0 m/s)
Seats: 2
26 built
 
CW-12W
Engine: Warner Scarab
12 built + 1 replica
 
CW-16E
Engine: Wright J-6 Whirlwind 5
10 built
 
CW-16K
Engine: Kinner B-5
11 built
 
CW-16W
Engine: Warner Scarab
1 built
 
Travel Air 16 Sport-Modified

Engine: 145 hp

 
 
 
 


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