Curtiss R3C-2 Racer
In 1925, the Curtiss Aeroplane and Motor Company built a fast racer that it quickly sold to both the U.S. Army and Navy. The landplane was designated the R3C-1. Piloted by Lt. Cyrus Bettis, it won the Pulitzer Trophy Race on October 12, 1925, at a speed of 248.9 mph. It was then fitted with streamlined single-step wooden floats and redesignated the R3C-2. On October 25, it won the Schneider Cup Race, piloted by Army Lt. James H. Jimmy Doolittle. The next day, Doolittle flew the R3C-2 over a straight course at a world record speed of 245.7 mph.
This was the fourth Curtiss R3C-2 and was on loan for several years to the Air Force Museum, where it was restored by Air Force personnel. It now hangs in the Pioneers of Flight Gallery in the National Air and Space Museum, Washington DC, where it was photographed in 2006.
Picture added on 12 January 2008