Douglas O-53 Havoc

The Douglas O-53 Havoc was to have been a heavy observation aircraft based on the A-20 Havoc, but a large order was cancelled before any had been built.

On 2 October 1940 an order was placed for 1,489 O-53 observation aircraft, with serials 41-3670 to 41-5158. These were to be similar to the A-20B and built alongside them on the Long Beach production line. The A-20B was powered by two 1,600hp Wright R-2600-11 engines and had a modified glazed nose.

The order was cancelled before a single aircraft had been built, after the USAAF decided it no longer required heavy observation types. This ended the long line of Douglas observation aircraft that had begun with the O-2 biplane of 1924.

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How to cite this article: Rickard, J (19 November 2015), Douglas O-53 Havoc , http://www.historyofwar.org/articles/weapons_douglas_O-53_havoc.html

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