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Curtiss HS-2L

A HS-2L was flyingIn 1917, Curtiss Aeroplane and Motor Company saw a need for a more powerful flying boat, and developed the HS-1 with a 200-horse power engine.

The United States Navy wanted even more power, and had the Curtiss Aeroplane and Motor Company install its 360-horse power Liberty engine. They renamed the aircraft the "HS-1L." It was then was redesigned with a larger wingspan to increase the lift power and was identified as the "HS-2L."

Cutiss HS-2L on the waterThe HS-2L was first put into service during the week of the 22nd to 28th September 1918. France, the United States and Canada all used it as an anti-submarine aircraft during the First World War. The United States Navy used the HS-2L in bases at Dartmouth and Sydney in Nova Scotia. In all, 1,121 HS-1Ls and HS-2Ls were produced.

At the end of the First World War, the United States gave Canada 12 HS-2Ls. Two of these aircraft were later loaned to civilian companies in 1920, but the Air Board used the rest. The Royal Canadian Air Force (RCAF) also eventually used the HS-2L aircraft.


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