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CMR72-239  Curtiss F9C Sparrowhawk
"Airship Fighter"
[Single-Seat Naval Biplane Fighter]
 — Decals Included
For Information:
The Curtiss F9C Sparrowhawk was a parasite fighter designed to be deployed from and recovered by a large rigid-framed airship, using a special hook/anchor system. It was designed early in 1930, and two prototypes and six production aircraft were delivered with an aim to serve on the USS Akron and Macon.

It was a biplane of all metal semi-monocoque fuselage structure and metal tail surfaces, with fabric-covered wings. It was powered by the Wright Whirlwind R-975-E3 radial engine and carried an armament of two 7.62mm Browning machine guns.

Originally intended to provide fighter protection for the dirigibles, the F9C-2s were used primarily to extend the reconnaissance capabilities of the parent airship. The Akron had a complement of three aircraft, while the Macon, which was lost on 12 February 1935, carried four F9C-2s. In order to increase their scouting range while the airship was on operations, some Sparrowhawks were modified by having their landing gear removed and replaced by a fuel tank.

 
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  Colour Schemes Included
  Curtiss F9C Sparrowhawk - 9056  — U.S.S. Macon, November 1933
  Curtiss F9C Sparrowhawk - 9057  — U.S.S. Macon, Summer 1933
  Curtiss F9C Sparrowhawk - 9058  — U.S.S. Akron, Autumn 1932 to Spring 1933, U.S.S. Macon, Summer 1933
  *Please Note: Colour scheme information diagrams supplied with the model are only printed in 'Black and White'
Curtiss F9C Sparrowhawk - 9058 Curtiss F9C Sparrowhawk - 9057 Curtiss F9C Sparrowhawk - 9056
  'Click' images above for 'Full Colour' (jpg) version:

  Items Included
  Complete Airframe
  'Hook On' Gear
  Assembly and Painting Instructions
  Rigging diagram
  Decal Set
  'Click' here for sample: Rigging information

  Assembly Instructions (Preview)
CMR72-239  Curtiss F9C Sparrowhawk "Airship Fighter"

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