AEA White Wing

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AEA White Wing
Role Early experimental aircraft
Manufacturer Aerial Experimental Association
Designer Frederick W. Baldwin
First flight May 18, 1908
Status Destroyed in crash
Primary user Aerial Experiment Association
Produced 1908
Number built 1

The White Wing (or Aerodrome #2) was an early US aircraft designed by Frederick W. Baldwin and built by the Aerial Experiment Association in 1908. Unusual for aircraft of its day, it featured a wheeled undercarriage. The wings were equipped with ailerons controlled by a harness worn around the pilot's body; leaning in one direction would cause the aircraft to bank to follow.

First piloted by Baldwin himself on May 18 and the aircraft flew very well. White Wing was then piloted by Lt Thomas Selfridge at Hammondsport, NY on May 19 (becoming the first US Army officer to fly an airplane)[1] and then Glenn Curtiss made a flight of 1,017 ft (310 m) in it on May 21. On May 23, it crashed during a landing by John McCurdy and was damaged beyond repair.

Specifications (White Wing)[edit]

Data from [2]

General characteristics

  • Length: 26 ft 3 in (8.00 m)
  • Wingspan: 43 ft 3 in (13.18 m)
  • Powerplant: 1 × Curtiss B-8 V-8 air-cooled piston engine, 40 hp (30 kW)

Performance

  • Range: 0 mi (0 nmi; 0 km) 1,000ft

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Notes
  1. ^ "Lt. Thomas Etholen Selfridge ." US Air Force. Retrieved: February 24, 2012. Archived October 22, 2012 at the Wayback Machine
  2. ^ Eckland, K.O. "Aircraft Ab - Ak". aerofiles.com, May 2, 2009. Retrieved: January 26, 2012. Archived December 5, 2012 at the Wayback Machine
Bibliography
  • Phillips, Alan (1977). Into the 20th Century, 1900. Natural Science of Canada. ISBN 978-0-919644-22-9. 

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