Model Airplane News
March, 1959

Model Airplane News Cover for March, 1959 by Jo Kotula Curtiss T-32 Condor

Curtiss T-32 "Condor"
Model Airplane News Cover Art for March, 1959
by Jo Kotula
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The Curtiss T-32 Condor II was a 1930s American biplane airliner and bomber aircraft built by the Curtiss Aeroplane and Motor Company. It was used by the United States Army Air Corps as an executive transport.

The Curtiss T-32 Condor      The Curtiss T-32 Condor

Curtiss T-32 "Condor"
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The Condor II was a 1933 two-bay biplane of mixed construction with a single fin and rudder and retractable landing gear. It looks (to modern eyes) as a DC-3 crosswise in a hot dog bun. It is quite strange to modern eyes.

It was powered by two Wright Cyclone radial engines. The first aircraft was flown on 30 January 1933 and a production batch of 21 aircraft were then built. The production aircraft were fitted out as 12-passenger luxury night sleeper transports. They entered service with Eastern Air Transport and American Airways, forerunners of Eastern Air Lines and American Airlines on regular night services for the next 3 years.

Here is a video taken from an American Airlines promotional film for travel on the Curtiss T-32 "Condor".

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