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Vought OS2U Kingfisher
Udvar-Hazy Center
Smithsonian Air & Space Museum
Dulles, Virginia

An American catapult-launched observation floatplane, the Kingfisher was a compact mid-wing monoplane, featuring a large central float and small stabilizing floats. Because of its light engine, its performance was modest.

The OS2U was the main shipboard observation aircraft used by the US Navy during WW II. Only 1,519 of the aircraft were built. It served on battleships and cruisers of the US Navy, with the United States Marine Corps in Marine Scouting Squadron THREE (VMS-3), with the United States Coast Guard at coastal air stations, at sea with the Fleet Air Arm of the Royal Navy, and with the Soviet Navy.

The Naval Aircraft Factory OS2N was the designation of the OS2U-3 aircraft built by the Naval Aircraft Factory in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Its first flight was on March 1,1938.

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