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Burgess-Wright Model F Flyer


Biplane Aircraft


United States | 1911



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



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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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Power & Performance
Those special qualities that separate one aircraft design from another. Performance specifications presented assume optimal operating conditions for the Burgess-Wright Model F Flyer Biplane Aircraft.
1 x Wright 4-cylinder inline reciprocating engine developing 35 horsepower driving 2 x two-bladed propellers in pusher arrangement.
Propulsion
42 mph
67 kph | 36 kts
Max Speed
Structure
The nose-to-tail, wingtip-to-wingtip physical qualities of the Burgess-Wright Model F Flyer Biplane Aircraft.
1
(MANNED)
Crew
28.9 ft
8.80 m
O/A Length
38.4 ft
(11.70 m)
O/A Width
8.8 ft
(2.68 m)
O/A Height
1,268 lb
(575 kg)
Empty Weight
1,433 lb
(650 kg)
MTOW
Armament
Available supported armament and special-mission equipment featured in the design of the Burgess-Wright Model F Flyer Biplane Aircraft .
None. Some military versions used for trials of bomb-sighting devices.
Variants
Notable series variants as part of the Burgess-Wright Model F Flyer family line.
Model F - Base Series Designation
Operators
Global customers who have evaluated and/or operated the Burgess-Wright Model F Flyer. Nations are displayed by flag, each linked to their respective national aircraft listing.

Total Production: 102 Units

Contractor(s): Burgess-Wright - USA
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Relative Max Speed
Hi: 50mph
Lo: 25mph
Aircraft Max Listed Speed (42mph).

Graph Average of 38 MPH.
Era Crossover
Pie graph section
Showcasing Aircraft Era Crossover (if any)
Production Comparison
102
36183
44000
Entry compared against Ilyushin IL-2 (military) and Cessna 172 (civilian) total production.
MACH Regime (Sonic)
Sub
Trans
Super
Hyper
HiHyper
ReEntry
RANGES (MPH) Subsonic: <614mph | Transonic: 614-921 | Supersonic: 921-3836 | Hypersonic: 3836-7673 | Hi-Hypersonic: 7673-19180 | Reentry: >19030
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