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Type of aircraft
Country U.S.
Date 1930
Crew 1 pilot
Wingspan 59 ft. 0 in.
Lenght 43 ft 3 in.
Height 12 ft. 10 in.
number of passengers 3 litter patients and 2 attendants
Enginetype Wright R-1820-5 Cyclone radial
575 Hp
Max. take-off weight 7.341 lbs.
Cruise speed 133 Mph, max 147Mph
Range 675 miles
14.300 ft
Fokker C.15A


Like the C-14A, the C-15A was the designation assigned to the Y1C-15 after an engine update. The original Wright R-1750 radial engine was replaced by a Wright R-1820 radial.

The new engine was rated at 575 horsepower, 50 more than the original. In addition to a new engine, the C-15A was fitted with a 3-blade propeller in place of the original 2-blade prop. The new engine and prop gave the aircraft an increased top speed of 147 mph.

Although the C-15A was slightly faster than the Y1C-15, the same problems existed for both variants of the plane.

It was efficient as a medical transport between air fields, but it was unable to operate in remote, unimproved areas.

The Army needed an aircraft able to land at or near the site of a crash or battlefield for rapid cusualty evacuation and the C-15A was not able to perform this role.

The Army Air Corps tried for several years in the late 1920s and 1930s to get specialized crash recovery aircraft built, but all attempts failed. The primary reason was lack of funding so rather than sacrifice bomber and pursuit aircraft purchases, the Air Corps settled for conversions of existing aircraft, mostly in the cargo series.