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Burgess-Wright Model F Flyer

Biplane Aircraft

Burgess-Wright Model F Flyer

Biplane Aircraft

OVERVIEW
SPECIFICATIONS
ARMAMENT
VARIANTS
HISTORY
MEDIA
OVERVIEW



The Burgess-Wright Model F Flyer of 1911 became the first license production aircraft in the United States of America.
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ORIGIN: United States
YEAR: 1911
STATUS: Retired, Out-of-Service
MANUFACTURER(S): Burgess-Wright - USA
PRODUCTION: 102
OPERATORS: United States
SPECIFICATIONS



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.
CREW: 1
LENGTH: 28.87 feet (8.8 meters)
WIDTH: 38.39 feet (11.7 meters)
HEIGHT: 8.79 feet (2.68 meters)
WEIGHT (EMPTY): 1,268 pounds (575 kilograms)
WEIGHT (MTOW): 1,433 pounds (650 kilograms)
ENGINE: 1 x Wright 4-cylinder inline reciprocating engine developing 35 horsepower driving 2 x two-bladed propellers in pusher arrangement.
SPEED (MAX): 42 miles-per-hour (67 kilometers-per-hour; 36 knots)




ARMAMENT



None. Some military versions used for trials of bomb-sighting devices.
VARIANTS



Series Model Variants
• Model F - Base Series Designation


HISTORY



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.


Supported Roles
A2A
Interception
UAV
Ground Attack
CAS
Training
ASW
Anti-Ship
AEW
MEDEVAC
EW
Maritime/Navy
SAR
Aerial Tanker
Utility/Transport
VIP
Passenger
Business
Recon
SPECOPS
X-Plane/Development
A2A=Air-to-Air; UAV=Unmanned; CAS=Close Support; ASW=Anti-Submarine; AEW=Airborne Early Warning; MEDEVAC=Medical Evac; EW=Electronic Warfare; SAR=Search-Rescue