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Burgess-Wright Model F Flyer

United States (1911)
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The Burgess-Wright Model F Flyer of 1911 became the first license production aircraft in the United States of America.


Detailing the development and operational history of the Burgess-Wright Model F Flyer Biplane Aircraft.  Entry last updated on 5/21/2018. Authored by Staff Writer. Content ©www.MilitaryFactory.com

American William Starling Burgess made quite a name for himself across various industries and was recognized as one of the great geniuses of his time. At one point, his Burgess Company became the largest employer in Marblehead, Massachusetts. In 1905, he founded a shipbuilding company at Marblehead to specialize in yachts for the rich. In 1909 he combined assets with Augustus Moore Herring (formerly of the Curtiss Aeroplane and Motor Company) to form the Herring-Burgess Company to begin designing aeroplanes for serious use. His construction techniques employed soon caught the attention of the Wright Brothers (the Wright Company) who wanted Burgess to begin serial production of their "Model B Flyer" (as the "Model F"). This marked the first-ever license-production deal undertaken anywhere in the United States. The Burgess company went on to manufacture some 100 of the type at about $5,000 each.

Design of the Model F was typical of the period, seating the pilot in an open-air operating environment between the upper and lower wing elements (the aircraft's general configuration was that of a biplane). Parallel struts were used along the wing's span which resulted in several "bays" being created. A skid system was featured forward of the aircraft with double-wheeled units attached under the mass of the aircraft for ground running. The engine was fitted next to the pilot's position (along starboard) and drove a pair of two-bladed propeller systems in a "pusher" arrangement. The tail section fitted vertical surfaces along a wooden strut network. Control and support cables were featured extensively throughout the design. Construction was largely of wood with fabric skinning. Power was served through 1 x Wright 4-cylinder inline reciprocating engine developing 35 horsepower - propelling the craft through the air at a then-impressive 42 miles per hour.

The Model F was eventually manufactured for both civilian and military markets. In service with the latter, the Model F was utilized by the Army Signal Corps - forerunner to today's United States Air Force (USAF) - and the United States Navy (USN) as a trainer and a observation / reconnaissance platform. It was also used as a testbed for early bomb-sighting devices as well as bomb-dropping equipment.


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Relative Maximum Speed Rating
Hi: 50mph
Lo: 25mph
    This entry's maximum listed speed (42mph).

    Graph average of 37.5 miles-per-hour.
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Unit Production Comparison
Comm. Market HI*: 44,000 units
Military Market HI**: 36,183 units
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  * Commercial Market High belongs to Cessna 172.

  ** Military Market High belongs to Ilyushin Il-2.


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Origin: United States
Year: 1911
Type: Biplane Aircraft
Manufacturer(s): Burgess-Wright - USA
Production: 102
Status: Retired, Out-of-Service
Global Operators:
United States
Historical Commitments / Honors:

Military lapel ribbon for Operation Allied Force
Military lapel ribbon for the Arab-Israeli War
Military lapel ribbon for the Battle of Britain
Military lapel ribbon for the Battle of Midway
Military lapel ribbon for the Berlin Airlift
Military lapel ribbon for the Chaco War
Military lapel ribbon for the Cold War
Military lapel ribbon for the Cuban Missile Crisis
Military lapel ribbon for the Falklands War
Military lapel ribbon for the French-Indochina War
Military lapel ribbon for the Golden Age of Flight
Military lapel ribbon for the 1991 Gulf War
Military lapel ribbon for the Indo-Pak Wars
Military lapel ribbon for the Iran-Iraq War
Military lapel ribbon for the Korean War
Military lapel ribbon for the 1982 Lebanon War
Military lapel ribbon for the Malayan Emergency
Military lapel ribbon for the attack on Pearl Harbor
Military lapel ribbon for the Six Day War
Military lapel ribbon for the Soviet-Afghan War
Military lapel ribbon for the Spanish Civil War
Military lapel ribbon for the Suez Crisis
Military lapel ribbon for the Vietnam War
Military lapel ribbon for Warsaw Pact of the Cold War-era
Military lapel ribbon for the WASP (WW2)
Military lapel ribbon for the World War 1
Military lapel ribbon for the World War 2
Military lapel ribbon for the Yom Kippur
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Structural - Crew, Dimensions, and Weights:
Unless otherwise noted the presented statistics below pertain to the Burgess-Wright Model F Flyer model. Common measurements, and their respective conversions, are shown when possible.

Operational
CREW


Personnel
1


Dimension
LENGTH


Feet
28.87 ft


Meters
8.8 m


Dimension
WIDTH


Feet
38.39 ft


Meters
11.7 m


Dimension
HEIGHT


Feet
8.79 ft


Meters
2.68 m


Weight
EMPTY


Pounds
1,268 lb


Kilograms
575 kg


Weight
LOADED


Pounds
1,433 lb


Kilograms
650 kg

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Installed Power - Standard Day Performance:
1 x Wright 4-cylinder inline reciprocating engine developing 35 horsepower driving 2 x two-bladed propellers in pusher arrangement.

Performance
SPEED


Miles-per-Hour
42 mph


Kilometers-per-Hour
67 kph


Knots
36 kts

Armament - Hardpoints (2):

None. Some military versions used for trials of bomb-sighting devices.
Variants: Series Model Variants
• Model F - Base Series Designation