Curtiss Model E
1911
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Curtiss Model E

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Specification 
 MODELModel E-4
 ENGINE1 x 40hp 4-cylinder water-cooled Curtiss motor
 WEIGHTS
    Take-off weight272 kg600 lb
 DIMENSIONS
    Wingspan10.77 m35 ft 4 in
    Length7.85 m26 ft 9 in
    Height2.44 m8 ft 0 in
 PERFORMANCE
    Max. speed64 km/h40 mph

Comments
Terrence I. Murphy, 16.02.2012

These Curtiss names, numbers and models are a mess to sort out. The model E was also called the A-1 (Navy designation) and nicknamed "Triad" (since it could operate from the land, sea, and air).

The Curtiss Model E was an early aircraft developed in the United States in 1911.
Essentially a refined and enlarged Model D, variants of the Model E made important steps in pioneering the development of seaplanes and flying boats in that country.
Like its predecessor, the Model E was an open-framework biplane with two-bay unstaggered wings of equal span. In landplane configuration, it was fitted with tricycle undercarriage, and as a seaplane with a large central pontoon and outriggers under the wings. Most examples of the Model E followed the pattern of the "headless" Model Ds, with elevators and horizontal stabilizer carried together in the cruciform tail unit. The large ailerons were mounted in the interplane gap, their span continuing past the wings themselves, and were controlled by a shoulder yoke. The Model E was designed and built as a two-seater, although in practice some of the lower-powered versions were converted to single-seaters.
The Model E achieved fame through examples purchased by the United States Navy. A Model E-8-75 floatplane became the Navy's first aircraft when purchased in June 1911 and received the designation A-1, as well as the nickname "Triad" since it could operate from the land and sea and in the air.
General characteristics
Crew: One pilot
Capacity: 1 passenger
Length: 27 ft 8 in (8.43 m)
Wingspan: 37 ft 0 in (11.28 m)
Height: 9 ft 4 in (2.84 m)
Wing area: 331 ft2 (30.8 m2)
Empty weight: 975 lb (442 kg)
Gross weight: 1,575 lb (714 kg)
Powerplant: 1 Curtiss O, 75 hp (56 kW)
Performance
Maximum speed: 65 mph (105 km/h)

Dave Sharp, 10.07.2010

I think I have a VERY early photo of this plane from Houston TX circa 1911. certainly a LOT better photo than the one above.

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