Curtiss Model G

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The Curtiss Model G was an early aircraft developed by Glenn Curtiss in the United States in the early 1910s.[1]


Two Model Gs were built for the US Army Signal Corps in 1913. The first aircraft (serial number S.C. 21) had one Curtiss Model O engine driving a three-blade propeller, and it was unique for using tricycle landing gear and unequal span wings with interplane ailerons. Before being accepted by the Army in June 1914, it was modified with a tailwheel, a direct-drive propeller, extended wing span and upper-wing ailerons. The second airframe (serial number S.C. 22) was similar to the first aircraft but differed in having a four-wheel undercarriage, longer equal-span wing, and one Curtiss OX piston engine. Despite showing performance improvements over S.C. 21, the Model G was deemed inadequate as a military trainer, and both aircraft were stricken off the Army inventory in 1914.[2][3]


  • United States Army
    • Aeronautical Division, U.S. Signal Corps


  2. Bowers, P.M., 1987. Curtiss aircraft, 1907-1947. London: Putnam. ISBN 9780851778112.
  3. Swanborough, Gordon; Peter M. Bowers (1989). United States Military Aircraft since 1909. Washington, D.C.: Smithsonian Institution Press. ISBN 978-0-87474-880-2.

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