Curtiss HS-2L

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Curtis HS-2L
Role Flying Boat
Manufacturer Curtiss
Primary users U.S.A.
Wingspan 22.6 m (74 ft 1 in)[1]
Engine 330-400hp Liberty vee
Max Speed 146 km/h (91 mph)[1]
Climb 550 m (1,800 ft) in 10:00[1]
Ceiling 850 m (2,800 ft)[1]

The Curtiss HS flying boats were operated with great success by the US Navy during WWI, starting with the HS-1L. They were powered by the 330hp Navy Liberty engine (providing the "L" in the name). HS-1Ls operated out of several bases in France as well as seeing extensive use in the States.

In order to increase the bomb load, the six-foot panels were added to each wing, the rudder was enlarged, and minor changes were made, creating the Curtiss HS-2L. The HS-2L was deployed near the end of the war, and it saw extensive use afterwards. Most HS-1Ls were eventually converted to HS-2Ls.

Some HS-1Ls and HS-2Ls were flown by the US Marines out of Ponta Delgada in the Azores on anti-submarine duties. HS-1Ls and HS-2Ls formed the backbone of the newly-formed Royal Canadian Naval Air Service, with patrols flying out of Nova Scotia.[2]

For more information, see Wikipedia:Curtiss HS.

Game Data

Wings of Glory

Preliminary Stats
Availability Maneuver Damage Dmg Points Max Alt. Climb
18Q3-end G* B 23 3 8

Miniatures and Models

1:144 Scale

1:285/6mm/1:288 Scale


Orthographic Drawings


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 Nowarra, pp.206-207.
  2. Nowarra, p.152.
  • Heinz J. Nowarra, Bruce Robertson, and Peter G. Cooksley. Marine Aircraft of the 1914-1918 War. Letchworth, Herts, England: Harleyford Publications Limited, 1966. ISBN 0900435070