Photo #: NH 80523
Curtiss SOC-3 scout-observation floatplane
In flight, soon after delivery to Observation Squadron Two (VO-2B), 1938. The plane is assigned to USS California (BB-44).
Note the "Winged Pelican" VO-2 insignia on the aircraft, .30 caliber machine gun in its after cockpit and extended leading-edge slats on the upper wing.
Courtesy of Howard F. Ailes, 1974.
U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph.
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17 April 2001