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Benoist XIV

Flying Boat Airliner

The Benoist XIV, introduced in 1913 and also known as The Lark of Duluth, became the first commercial passenger hauler in the United States.
Authored By: Staff Writer | Edited: 6/17/2019
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Year: 1914
Status: Retired, Out-of-Service
Manufacturer(s): Benoist Aircraft Company - USA
Production: 2
Crew: 1
Length: 26.08 ft (7.95 m)
Width: 43.96 ft (13.4 m)
Weight (Empty): 1,257 lb (570 kg)
Weight (MTOW): 1,587 lb (720 kg)
Power: 1 x Roberts Straight-6 engine developing 75 horsepower and driving a two-bladed wooden propeller in pusher arrangement.
Speed: 64 mph (103 kph; 56 kts)
Range: 124 miles (200 km; 108 nm)
Operators: United States



Variants / Models

• Benoist XIV - Base Series Designation; two examples completed.
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