Curtiss SOC Seagull

The last of the Curtiss biplanes to be used operationally by the US Navy, the SOC Seagull originated in 1933 but remained on duty until the end of World War II. The Seagull was the ‘eyes’ of the fleet’s battleships and cruisers. The pilot and observer aboard were expected to spot targets and direct the big guns of the huge ships.

As illustrated in this painting, the SOC Seagull served a secondary role in spotting downed aviators and coordinating their rescue.