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Photo # NH 68890: Curtiss SOC-s on board USS Tennessee, circa 1938

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Curtiss SOC Scout-Observation Floatplanes --
On Board Ship (Part I)


This page features views of Curtiss SOC scout-observation floatplanes on board ship, prior to 1942.

For views of SOC floatplanes on board ship in 1942 and later, see:

  • Curtiss SOC Scout-Observation Floatplanes -- On Board Ship (Part II)

    For additional views of SOC aircraft, see:

  • Curtiss SOC "Seagull" Scout-Observation Planes.


    If you want higher resolution reproductions than the digital images presented here, see: "How to Obtain Photographic Reproductions."

    Click on the small photograph to prompt a larger view of the same image.

    Photo #: NH 70301

    USS Indianapolis (CA-35)


    Ties up to a wharf at Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, as she arrives at the city to make the first stop of President Franklin D. Roosevelt's South American cruise, 27 November 1936.
    A SOC floatplane, of Scouting Squadron Eleven (VS-11), is in the foreground, parked atop the cruiser's starboard catapult.

    Donation of Captain Fred W. Connor, USMC (Retired), 1970.

    U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph.

    Online Image: 83KB; 740 x 460 pixels

     
    Photo #: NH 80513

    USS California (BB-44)


    View looking aft from inside a Curtiss SOC-3 floatplane atop the turret # 3 catapult, 1938, showing two more SOC-3s parked on the after catapult.

    Courtesy of Howard F. Ailes, 1974.

    U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph.

    Online Image: 80KB; 740 x 415 pixels

     
    Photo #: NH 68890

    Curtiss SOC-3 scout-observation floatplanes

    (Bureau #s 1077, at center, and probably 1076, to the right)

    Parked on the after catapult of USS Tennessee (BB-43), circa 1938. These aircraft belong to Observation Squadron Two (VO-2B), whose insignia is painted on the fuselage below the upper wing.

    U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph.

    Online Image: 38KB; 740 x 450 pixels

     
    Photo #: NH 68891

    USS Tennessee (BB-43)


    In harbor, circa 1938.
    Two SOC-3 floatplanes, of Observation Squadron Two (VO-2B), are parked on the battleship's after catapult. A third is atop gun turret # 3.

    U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph.

    Online Image: 61KB; 740 x 455 pixels

     
    Photo #: NH 83900

    USS Idaho (BB-42)


    Ship's company posed on the after deck and after 14" gun turrets, circa 1938.
    Note Curtiss SOC-3 "Seagull" floatplanes, of Observation Squadron Three, atop the Turret # 3 catapult and on deck to port of the turrets.

    Courtesy of the Naval Historical Foundation. Collection of Vice Admiral Alexander Sharp, USN.

    U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph.

    Online Image: 128KB; 740 x 580 pixels

     
    Photo #: NH 85630

    Curtiss SOC-3 scout-observation floatplane


    Stripped for maintenance in the hangar of USS Savannah (CL-42), circa 1938.
    The plane's engine is a Pratt & Whitney R-1340 nine-cylinder radial.

    Courtesy of Louis A. Davison, 1977.

    U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph.

    Online Image: 73KB; 570 x 675 pixels

     
    Photo #: NH 83577

    Cruiser Division Seven's South American Cruise, 1939


    A local military official tours USS San Francisco (CA-38), as the cruiser visits a South American port. Commander Cruiser Division 7, Rear Admiral Husband E. Kimmel, USN, is at right, behind the Chief Petty Officer who has his back to the camera.
    Two Curtiss SOC floatplanes are inside the hangar. The more distant plane, with tail visible, is Bureau # 9957, a SOC-1.

    Courtesy of the Naval Historical Foundation. Collection of Rear Admiral Paul H. Bastedo.

    U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph.

    Online Image: 81KB; 740 x 575 pixels

     
    Photo #: NH 80516

    USS California (BB-44)


    Liberty party prepares to go ashore, 1940.
    Note very large letters "CAL" painted on the whaleboat at left.
    Three Curtiss SOC-3 floatplanes are visible, parked atop the turret # 3 catapult and on the after catapult. The aircraft with the dark fuselage is the "Flag Plane" of Commander, Battle Force, U.S. Fleet. Its color scheme was dark blue and silver.
    Boat in the foreground is from USS Detroit (CL-8).

    Courtesy of Howard F. Ailes, 1974.

    U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph.

    Online Image: 78KB; 740 x 465 pixels

     
    Photo #: 80-G-1017209

    USS Patoka (AV-6)


    Off the Puget Sound Navy Yard, Bremerton, Washington, 16 January 1940.
    Note SOC floatplane amidships, with its wings folded.

    Official U.S. Navy Photograph, now in the collections of the National Archives.

    Online Image: 82KB; 740 x 600 pixels

    Reproductions of this image may also be available through the National Archives photographic reproduction system.

     
    Photo #: NH 43586

    USS Patoka (AV-6)


    At Balboa, Panama Canal Zone, 11 February 1940. She is dressed with flags in honor of George Washington's Birthday, and carries a pair of Curtiss SOC floatplanes on deck amidships.

    U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph.

    Online Image: 90KB; 740 x 605 pixels

     
    Photo #: NH 50303

    USS New York (BB-34)


    Midshipmen and Sailors boarding a 50-foot motor launch, during the summer 1940 Naval Academy Midshipmen's cruise.
    Note whaleboat on the midships' davits and Curtiss SOC-3 aircraft of Observation Squadron Five (VO-5) on deck and atop the catapult. The plane at right appears to be Bureau # 1090.

    U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph.

    Online Image: 134KB; 740 x 595 pixels

     

    For views of SOC floatplanes on board ship in 1942 and later, see:

  • Curtiss SOC Scout-Observation Floatplanes -- On Board Ship (Part II)

    For additional views of SOC aircraft, see:

  • Curtiss SOC "Seagull" Scout-Observation Planes.


    If you want higher resolution reproductions than the digital images presented here, see: "How to Obtain Photographic Reproductions."


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    Page made 21 April 2001
    New image added 6 November 2002