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CW-22 Falcon II

CW-22 Falcon (SNC-1) - a two-seat cantilever all-metal low-wing aircraft designed for advanced pilot training and solving a number of other tasks, including it could be used as a light bomber or reconnaissance aircraft.

The prototype of the CW-22 made its first flight in 1940, serial production since 1941. The aircraft has been in service with the US Air Force since March 1942. In addition, it was in service with the aviation of the Dutch East Indies, Colombia, Peru, Turkey, Chile and Bolivia. They were used by the Americans at bases in Australia since April 1942 as training, liaison and close scouts.

Both modifications, CW-22 and CW-22B, were armed with two machine guns - a fixed course and a movable one at the observer-gunner.

The US Navy ordered a batch of 455 training aircraft for advanced pilot training, initially designated CW-22N, and renamed SNC-1 Falcon in the US Navy. Part of the SNC-1 was sold to American private owners after the end of the war, and was removed from service in the United States in 1946.

Crew 2
Length, m 8.22
Height, m 3.02
Wing span, m 10.66
Wing area, m² 16.15
Weight, kg:
Loaded weight 1,160
Gross weight 1,451
1×PE Wright R-975-28 Whirlwind, power, hp 1×420
Maximum speed, km / h 346
Cruising speed, km / h 309
Service range, km 835
Service ceiling, m 6,645
2 × 7.62 mm machine guns, bombs, kg up to 200
Photo Description

Drawing CW-22B

CW-22 Falcon II


  • Aircraft of the Second World War. Close reconnaissance and attack aircraft 1939-1945 / Vladimir Kotelnikov /
  • American Warplanes of World War II /under cor. David Donald/