Curtiss SC-1 Seahawk Color Photographs

The Curtiss SC-1 Seahawk was the last U.S. Navy floatplane designed for shipboard use. It entered service during the closing months of WWII, replacing the SO3C Seamew and OS2U Kingfisher. This Seahawk carries a surface-scan radar pod under the starboard wing.
The SC-1 was a single-seat monoplane, but there were accommodations for a passenger within the fuselage. The wings could be folded, hence the Intermediate Blue camouflage on the underside of the outer wing panels.
This photograph shows details of the accommodation ladder and beaching gear structure. The engine was a Wright R-1820-62 Cyclone rated at 1,350 hp, which gave the Seahawk a respectable 313 mph (504 km/h) maximum speed.
Here an SC-1 comes alongside the large cruiser USS Alaska (CB-1) for recovery. As is apparent this could result in a wild ride for the aircraft, and both the aircraft and parent ship were somewhat vulnerable while the aircraft was being hoisted aboard.
Alaska’s SC-1 on the recovery sled. The sled was constructed of canvas and netting, the floatplane was provided with a hook on the underside of the float which engaged the net and allowed the aircraft to be towed by the ship while the hoist was attached.
A Seahawk is being hoisted aboard the light cruiser USS Manchester (CL-83) in 1948. By this time the Navy was beginning to replace its catapult floatplanes with helicopters for shipboard use. Note the white horizontal tailplanes and “USS Manchester” carried above her fuselage insignia.

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