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Aeromarine AS-2 Float Plane
Single-engine Scout Biplane


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Aeromarine AS-2 Float Plane (U.S. Navy photo via the Skytamer Archive)

Overview


  • Aeromarine AS-2
  • Role: Scout Biplane
  • National origin: United States
  • Manufacturer: Aeromarine Plane and Motor Company
  • Primary user: US Navy
  • Number built: 3 (1 AS-1, 2 AS-2)
  • Unit cost: $18,450 each

The Aeromarine AS was a seaplane fighter aircraft evaluated by the US Navy in the early 1920s. The AS-1 (A5612) and two improved AS-2s (A5613, A5614) out of the Navy's interest in the two-seat German Brandenburg seaplane scouts used along the Belgium in 1918. A unique design feature of each was the low position of the vertical tail to give gunner a clear field of fire to the rear.

Development and Design


Other than the vertical stabilizer, it was configured as a conventional two-bay biplane on twin pontoons, with two seats. The sole example of the original design, designated AS-1 had an inverted fin. After evaluation testing, the Navy ordered two aircraft, designated AS-2. The AS-2 had cruciform tails and larger radiators, and ailerons on both upper and lower wings.

Variants


  • A.S.-1: 1 built (A5612)

  • A.S.-2 2 built (A5613 and A5614)

Operator


  • United States: United States Navy

Specifications and Performance Data (AS-1)


General Characteristics

  • Crew: 2
  • Length: 30 ft 10 in (9.40 m)
  • Wingspan: 37 ft 6 in (11.43 m)
  • Height: 10 ft 10 in (3.30 m)
  • Wing area: 386 ft² (35.9 m²)
  • Empty weight: 2,298 lb (1,042 kg)
  • Gross weight: 3,233 lb (1,466 kg)
  • Powerplant: 1 × Wright-Hispano E, 300 hp (220 kW)

Performance

  • Maximum speed: 117 mph (188 km/h; 102 kn)
  • Stall speed: 56 mph (49 kn; 90 km/h)
  • Endurance: 3 h
  • Service ceiling: 16,000 ft (4,877 m)
  • Rate of climb: 750 ft/min (3.8 m/s)

Armament

  • 2 × machine guns

References ²


  1. Shupek, John. “Aeromarine AS-2” The Skytamer Archive, Copyright © 2013 Skytamer Images. All Rights Reserved
  2. Photo: “The Aircraft Yearbook 1922”, Aeronautical Chamber of Commerce of America, Inc., New York, 1922, p. 103
  3. Wikipedia. Aeromarine A.S.

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