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Curtiss Oriole

Curtiss produced a sucsessful post-World War I three seat two-bay biplane called the Oriole for the civilian market, with a moulded plywood fuselage and 90 hp Curtiss OX-5 V-8 engine.

Performance was improved when fitted with a Curtiss K-6 or C-6 (150-160 hp).

By 1921 surplus WW-1 machines like the Jenny were flooding the market, and Oriole production was tailed off.

With the closure of the Curtiss Oriole line, a number of complete fuselages became available and Ireland was able to secure these. With help from friends in the Curtiss design office, new wings were created for the Ireland Comet.


Engine: OX-5

 

 


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