Ecker Flying Boat
The Ecker Flying Boat was an early American-built amphibious biplane aircraft.
|Ecker Flying Boat|
|The Ecker Flying Boat displayed at the NASM Silver Hill, Maryland, restoration facility in June 1982|
|National origin||United States|
|Manufacturer||Herman Anthony Ecker|
|Designer||Herman Anthony Ecker|
|Status||preserved in museum|
|Developed from||Curtiss Owl|
During the following year, Ecker designed a two-seat open-cockpit biplane aircraft, which he described at the time as a flying boat, but as it was fitted with wheels in the lower fuselage, it was technically an amphibian. The 1912 aircraft was based on the design of the Curtiss Owl and utilised an all-wooden construction with muslin covering to fuselage and wings.
Ecker flew the aircraft for three years before disassembling it for storage. It was re-assembled in 1930 for exhibition at the New York State Fair. It was later acquired by the Smithsonian Institution as a static exhibit. After display at the Silver Hill, Maryland NASM restoration facility, it is currently exhibited at the National Air and Space Museum in central Washington DC.
Data from Aerofiles.com
- Crew: 1
- Capacity: 1 passenger
- Length: 26 ft 0 in ( m)
- Wingspan: 42 ft 0 in ( m)
- Powerplant: 1 × Roberts 6 marine engine, 50 hp ( kW)
Performance 20-30 minutes endurance min
- Ogden, 2007, p. 189
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