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Vought OS2U Kingfisher

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Pratt & Whitney
450 hp
4,120 lbs.
6,100 lbs.
2 - .30 cal.
650 lbs.
33' 10"
35' 11"
125 mph
165 mph
500 fpm
13,000 feet
800 miles

The Vought OS2U Kingfisher observation aircraft is best remembered for its role in rescuing downed airmen during World War II, often in rough seas and while under enemy attack.

Perhaps the most famous mission performed by a Kingfisher occurred on November 11, 1942 when one rescued Captain Eddie Rickenbacker and his crew. There wasn't enough room in the aircraft for everyone. Some of the rescued airmen were strapped to the wings of the Kingfisher while it taxied through rough waters to the nearest land, some 40 miles away.

The Kingfisher was built strong to withstand catapult launches and landings at sea. Spot welding, unique for the time, was used in its construction. It was fitted with floats for landings at sea which could be replaced with conventional landing gear when the aircraft flew from runways.

Kingfisher aircraft operated primarily from battleships and cruisers, directing gunfire, patrolling, observing enemy ships, and participating in search and rescue.

Land-based aircraft flew as convoy escorts, protecting Allied shipping. They also flew anti-submarine missions and could be armed with depth charges.

In addition to the United States Navy and Marine Corps, Kingfisher aircraft were used by the military of Argentina, Australia, Chile, Cuba, Dominican Republic, Great Britain, and Uruguay.

Kingfisher aircraft served the longest in Cuba through 1959, when they were retired from active service.

A total of 1,519 Vought OS2U Kingfisher aircraft of all types were produced. A small number of the aircraft survive to date as museum exhibits.

Brian Taylor Plans rc Vought Kingfisher.

Pictured above is the rc Vought Kingfisher built from Brian Taylor Plans. Its wingspan is 58". Power can come from .30 to .35 two cycle or .35 to .40 four cycle engines.

The first picture below is of the impressive rc Vought OS2U Kingfisher built by Dave Platt. It has a wingspan of six feet and is powered by his own 1.20 engine.

The second picture below is of the rc Vought Kingfisher scratch built by Captain Dunsel of RC Groups. It has a four foot wingspan and is powered by a Speed 450 size brushless motor. Weight is around 17 oz.

Pictured third is the great looking rc Vought OS2U Kingfisher built by Mike St. Martin. It has a 43" wingspan and is powered by a geared RZ 2500 motor.

The next picture is of the rc Vought Kingfisher foamy built by Vyceroy of RC Groups. It has three foot wingspan and is powered by a Razor 350 motor.

The bottom picture is of Tom Reiner and his scratch built Vought Kingfisher. It has a wingspan of 5' 2" and is powered by a YS 1.20 engine.

Vought OS2U Kingfisher built by Dave Platt.

RC Groups Captain Dunsel's rc Kingfisher.

Mike St. Martin's rc Vought Kingfisher.

RC Groups Vyceroy's Vought Kingfisher.

Tom Reiner and his Vought Kingfisher.

Model Builder Magazine published plans for a four foot wingspan rc Kingfisher for a .20 to .25 engine.

Kit Cutters has a giant scale Kingfisher kit for sale.  It has a wingspan of 81" and is 65 1/2" long.  Power can come from .90 to 1.20 four cycle engines.  Plans are available for sale separately.

Precision Cut Kits has a rc Vought Kingfisher kit for sale from Pepino Plans.  Its wingspan is 81".

Aero Fred has plans for a rc Vought Kingfisher.

At RC Groups phoran asked about the best way to power his rc Vought Kingfisher.

At RC Groups chistech started a construction thread for a rc Vought Kingfisher.

At RC Groups ducatirdr was looking for a rc Vought Kingfisher scale model radio control airplane.

At RC Universe scale dail posted that he is building floats for his rc Vought Kingfisher.

Oberfeldwebel of RC Universe was asking for advice about constructing his rc OS2U Kingfisher.

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