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1939 Press Photo instrument on a Curtiss CW-20 plane - RRX84849

AdID: 414153

Availability: In stock

Part Number: RRX84849

Height: 9

Width: 7

Source: Rogers


Photo measures 9 x 7. instrument on the Curtiss-Wright CW-20 passenger plane. The Curtiss CW-20 was first designed in 1937 by George A. Page Jr., the chief aircraft designer at Curtiss-Wright.[4] The CW-20 was intended as a private venture intended to introduce a new standard in pressurized airliners. The CW-20 had a patented fuselage conventionally referred to as a "figure-eight" (or "double-bubble"[5]) which enabled it to better withstand the pressure differential at high altitudes. This was done by having the sides of the fuselage creased at the level of the floor that not only separated the two portions but shared in the stress of each, rather than just supporting itself. The main spar of the wing could pass through the bottom section which was mainly intended for cargo without intruding on the passenger upper compartment.[5] A decision to utilize a twin-engine design instead of a four-engine configuration was considered viable if sufficiently powerful engines were available, allowing for lower operating costs and a less complex structure. -Wikipedia