AW11: Curtiss F11C/BFC & BF2C

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The Curtiss F11C was one of the last attempts by the Curtiss Corporation to remain a major supplier of fighters to the USN after the introduction into service of the Boeing F4B. Although Curtiss was still selling other types of aircraft to the USN, mainly observation or training aircraft, the absence of a Curtiss fighter in the front line units diminished the company’s prestige. The Curtiss F11C was developed with this goal in mind but it was not a new design, simply an improvement on a previous Curtiss type, and it too eventually proved to be unsuccessful. Shortly after the beginning of its career the Curtiss F11C was converted into a dive-bomber, and designated the BFC, and they remained in service until 1939. Its successor, the Curtiss BF2C, was also a failure and the Curtiss F11C/BFC can be seen as the last true fighter supplied by the manufacturer to the USN. As with the other USN titles of this series this publication includes each aircraft’s history, with full accident reports, which makes it the best reference for modellers and historians alike. 24 pages, plus 3 pages of colour artwork (13 colour profiles), over 30 photos.


Phil H. Listemann

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