Friday, 9 September 2011

Plane of the Week: Curtiss F9C Sparrowhawk

This week we are showcasing the Curtiss F9C Sparrowhawk at the request of Tommy Boyd. The Sparrowhawk was a parasite fighter designed to be deployed from the US Navy's airships USS Akron and USS Maconas part of the navy's Airship HTA (heavier-than-air) Unit. 

Whilst none of the eight Sparrowhawks constructed saw active service it is a novel design and the parasite plane concept one that will interest air wargamers who dabble in hypothetical and pulp inspired games.

Curtiss F9C Sparrowhawk, USS Macon, 1935
(picture from Wings Palette)

Der Kampfflieger produce a useful 1/48th scale card model of the Sparrowhawk in twelve different paint schemes.. The scale can be reduced in scale when printing if desired.


  1. Very nice and very interesting. I like a lot the airship-fighter concept.

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