The American company Lewis &
Vought of Long Island, New York,
designed and flew in the summer of
1918 the Lewis & Vought VE-7
biplane trainer that had tandem open
cockpits and was powered by the
engine. Although the type was tested
satisfactorily, no immediate production
followed, but soon after World War I
the US Navy procured a total of 128
in several variants built by Vought
and the Naval Aircraft Factory (NAF).
These had the 134kW Wright-
Hispano E-2 engine, and were followed
by the improved VE-9 of which 42
were built for the US Army (25) and US
|A three-view drawing (1673 x 1073)|
The first aircraft to be purchased by the USN and the first to take off from an aircraft carrier when Lieutenant Virgil Griffin took off from the newly commissioned carrier USS Langley on 17th October 1927.
Power Plant 1 x 180 h.p. Wright-Hispano E-3
Span 34'4" Length 24'5" Height 8'7 1/2" Wing area 284 sq ft
Empty weight 1,392 lb Loaded weight 1,937 lb
Max Speed 106 mph Range 290 miles Service ceiling 15,000 ft
Armament (USN VE-7S) 1 x .30" synchronised machine gun
|Garth Worrell, 12.03.2014|
My father served on the light cruiser USS Milwaukee during 1928-33 and I always wondered what aircraft was pictured in his cruise album. I only found out the type several weeks ago.
|STEPHEN THORNBURG, 15.08.2012|
Just back from visit to national museum of naval aviation ansaw a freshly restored Ve-7 on the display floor in the main building. Worth the visit.
The American company Lewis & Vought of Long Island, New York,
Lewis & Vought VE-7
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