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The LOOTM (pronounced LOOT-em or LOOT-um) is the Lust Object Of The Month. It is simply our current aircraft infatuation. Since it's an "Object," it has to be inanimate (though one could argue that aircraft come alive for us), and has to be special in some way. It is only our opinion, and is completely subjective, so any argument, while perhaps amusing, will not really sway the decision. Thanks, and enjoy.
Happy Birthday America!
For the month of July the LOOTM had to be a home-grown aircraft. One from the 30's had a unique form and a big radial engine. It was said to fly quite well but, lacking strong US Military interest, was mostly exported. The Curtiss did serve with: China, Dutch East Indies, Japan (through captured examples), and (post-war) Turkey.
Curtis built the CW-21 Demon and the CW-22 Falcon during the late 30s and early 40s. The aircraft were race planes, advanced trainers and fighter/interceptor aircraft with a sleek "wasp-waist" profile. Powered by a Wright Cyclone 1820 of 850 HP housed in a wide cowl, the aircraft have a pugnacious appearance. With a variety of two or four gun armament, it was still a product of the 30s--relatively lightly armed and without heavy armor protection. When met with Japan's outstanding Zero in the Pacific, the Wright was woefully outclassed.
While the aircraft did not distinguish itself in combat (not even as well as its stable mate, the P-40, did), it did possess a phenomenal rate of climb. Curtiss claimed it would climb "a mile a minute." While a 5000+ fpm rate of climb has been debated, the aircraft seemed to easily best 4500 fpm. Besides being a real advantage in an interceptor, anything that climbs that fast is just a lot of fun to fly!
The LOOTM for July
The All-American Curtiss CW-21/CW-22
Enjoy, and Happy Birthday, USA!
A shiny CW-21A with rearward-retracting main wheels/fairing. More here:
At the outbreak of WWII, the Dutch East Indies was a major user of the CW-21A and -21B. This is a -21B with revised, fully-enclosed and inward-retracting main wheels. More great history here:
This example is in a museum in Instanbul, Turkey, and is one of only two (2!) photos on:
But it was too good to ignore.
Another CW-22, this one photographed off Puerto Rico in the 40s. Note the taller rear canopy. More at Wiki: