By E. R. Johnson
This paintings is a finished, seriously illustrated background of the various flying boats and amphibious airplane designed and in-built the U.S.. it's divided into 3 chronological sections: the early period (1912-1928), the golden period (1928-1945), and the post-war period (1945-present), with ancient overviews of every interval. inside of every one part, person airplane kinds are indexed in alphabetical order by way of producer or builder, with old historical past, technical necessities, drawings, and a number of images. Appendices hide lesser identified flying boat and amphibian forms in addition to a number of layout techniques that by no means accomplished the flying degree.
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Extra info for American Flying Boats and Amphibious Aircraft: An Illustrated History
Loaded. Dimensions: span (upper) 126 ft. , length 68 ft. , wing area 2,380 sq. ft. The NC-4 completed the first crossing o f the Atlantic Ocean by any aircraft when it reached England on May 31, 1919, following a 51-hour, 31-minute flight which had originated from Rockaway Beach, New York. Popularly known as “Nancy Boats,” the NC (Navy-Curtiss) class stemmed from a mid-1917 Navy requirement for a flying boat that possessed transatlantic range for extended submarine patrols. The initial development contract was issued to Curtiss in November 1917, and following a study o f several different design concepts by naval officials, a three-engine layout was adopted.
Dimensions: span 37 ft. 0 in. (40 ft. 0 in. on some), length 27 ft. , wing area 350 sq. ft. ). Though not the first flying boat built, the model E, sometimes known as Flying Boat No. 2, did in fact make the w orld’s first flight o f a flying boat during the month o f July in 1912. Taking the experience o f prior experiments, Glenn Curtiss started work on a second flying boat during the spring o f 1912, which, in its original configuration, utilized standard components of the 1911 model E land and hydro (float) plane, including twenty-eight-foot, eight-inch single-surface, equal-span wings and a pusher-mounted 75-hp Curtiss O V-8 engine.
Early Fs were outwardly similar to Es, but possessed new wings with continuous rather than hinged spars. Part I: The Early Era, 1912-1928 Later F Boat with equal span wings serving with the Navy as a trainer during World War I. 35 36 American Flying Boats and Amphibious Aircraft Curtiss H-l to H-4 Small America (1914) TECHNICAL SPECIFICATIONS Type: 5-place civil transport, naval patrol boat. Total produced: 63. Powerplant: two 90-hp Curtiss OX-5 8-cylinder water-cooled engines driving two-bladed wooden fixed-pitch propellers.