Curtiss-Wright CW-32

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Hi,

http://www.flightglobal.com/pdfarchive/view/1948/1948%20-%200140.html
 

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Hi,

from flickr site;

http://www.flickr.com/photos/sdasmarchives/4589773037/
 

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A picture of a mock-up at SDASM Archives.
Link: http://www.flickr.com/search/?ss=2&w=49487266%40N07&q=CW-32&m=text
 

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Other pics of the CW-32 Skyway Truck (plus an ad for an indoor show where Curtiss displayed the full-scale mock-up to the general public):
 

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Here is an original 3-view from the Curtiss Wright Company files.
It is date-stamped on the back "SEP 12 1947"
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Wow, Joe! This is awesome! I can't even begin to imagine all the treasures you've found in the C-W archives...
 

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There is a single NASM reference to a "CW-32J Model Military Cargo Transport". Why the sub-type designation, I wonder?
 

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The NASM reference prompted me to take a look at their digital image index list (81 pages long!) of the images on their old (obsolete)12 inch Laser disk #1, of some 100,000 digital aircraft images from their archives. There are 100s of thousands more aviation & space images in other disks in the series. And they come with a great printed finding aid, as well. They show a set of some 42 images of the CW-32, being in the range from Image # IA-26663 to IA-26705. One can type in the specific image # and go directly to a small and large version of each digital image, when using an "obsolete" 12" laser disk player. When I acquired these disks, as a gift from NASM, years ago, I needed one of these 12 inch laser disk players. They used to sell in the $500-$800 range. I picked up a very good one on Ebay (as being obsolete tech) for $15 (Orig, $599 and it even came with a couple of laser disk movies!)plus about $15 for the shipping! I'm sure one could use a computer image capture program to download the desired digital images to your computer files, with a standard cable imput from the laser disk player, but I have never had time to experiment with that. I've been viewing them with the laser disk player feeding into a regular TV screen, for reference work.
 

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Nice to hear that you got a player for such a cool price! LD disks and players were never very big in France (although it is one of the very few items of French technology that we managed to license worldwide) and they are even harder to find here than in the US I guess. The disks are also hard to find, but now I guess you could find them in Cash Converters shops for something like $3 each...

I have no idea how one can translate digital data direct from LD to computer, but I guess it can be done with the appropriate software (I guess it would be an MPEG capture software, much like when digitizing a tape video onto hard disk, but I'm no expert at that).

I'm sure it would be great already, simply to have copies of the index itself...
 

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@memaerobilia: lucky you :)
I'm sure one could use a computer image capture program to download the desired digital images to your computer files, with a standard cable imput from the laser disk player, but I have never had time to experiment with that.
It starts with a video capture card. More information here: http://www.ehow.com/how_6311253_convert-laser-disc-cd.html
 

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Apophenia said:
There is a single NASM reference to a "CW-32J Model Military Cargo Transport". Why the sub-type designation, I wonder?

Proposed JATO version, perhaps?
 

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Curtiss-Wright advertisement for the CW-32 circa 1947.

Source:
http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=400101665557&clk_rvr_id=243254769428
 

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Here is a pic of the mock-up of the CW-32.
 

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Periscope Film's site on YouTube has this post-war Curtiss-Wright promotional film, "First In Flight, Curtiss-Wright", which has a ~40-second segment featuring the Curtiss-Wright CW-32 mock-up beginning at the 13min 28sec mark.

There is also some good brief footage of the B-17G (44-85813) flying testbed used by Curtiss-Wright, equipped with the Wright XT-35 Typhoon (Wright T-35 Typhoon) turboprop in the nose, at the 18min mark.

YouTube - Periscope Film: "First in Flight Curtiss Wright - Lowell Thomas, Aviation, V-2, YB-49 40360 H"
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EmL3iQ4uthA
 

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From Decollage 6/1947.
 

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Interesting that the CW-32 retained the unbroken nose profile and compound-curvature windscreen of the C-46, even though the last models of the latter abandoned them in favor of a stepped profile in order to improve visibility and reduce optical distortions.
 

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Looking at the mock up photo, the windscreen is stepped. We have a bound book with drawings at the Museum which also shows a stepped windshield. The book was a promotional pitch to airlines and cargo haulers.

Enjoy the Day! Mark
 

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Jos Heyman said:
Here is a pic of the mock-up of the CW-32.

From Decollage 10/1947.
 

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I have this GIANT Drawing dated July 1947 of the Curtiss-Wright CW-32.... Measures 36 X 70 inches ....I got this and appx 100 boxes from the estate of Lockheed Weight and Balance engineer who worked there from the 30's to the 60's ..... DSCN0910.JPG DSCN0911.JPG DSCN0912.JPG DSCN0910.JPG DSCN0913.JPG
 

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