Wright Model R
|Wright Model R|
|The "Baby Grand" at Belmont Park.|
|National origin||United States|
|Developed from||Wright Model B|
The Wright Model R was derived from the Wright Model B, and was a two-bay biplane with rear-mounted twin rudders mounted in front of a single elevator and carried on wire-braced wood booms behind the wing and was powered by a 30 hp (22 kW) Wright four-cylinder inline water-cooled engine driving a pair of pusher propellers via chains.
Two examples were flown at the International Aviation Tournament at Belmont Park in November 1910, one being a standard model flown by Alec Ogilvie and the other being a special competition model known as the Baby Grand, which had a 60 hp (45 kW) V-8 engine and a reduced wingspan of 21 ft 5 in (6.53 m). Orville Wright succeeded in flying the Baby Grand at a speed of nearly 70 mph (110 km/h). Both aircraft were entered for the second Gordon Bennett Trophy competiotion which was held at the meeting, but the Baby Grand, flown by Walter Brookins, suffered an engine failure during a trial flight on the race day and crashed heavily. Ogililvie's aircraft also had engine problems, having to make a stop of nearly an hour to make repairs, but was nevertheless placed third.
Ogilvie also flew his aircraft in the 1912 Gordon Bennet competition, re-engined with a 50 hp (37 kW) N.E.C. engine.
Data from "1910 Wright Model R". Retrieved 20 May 2012.
- Crew: 1
- Length: 27 ft (8.2 m)
- Wingspan: 26 ft 6 in (8.08 m)
- Wing area: 185 sq ft (17.2 m2)
- Powerplant: 1 × Wright 4-cylinder water-cooled piston engine, 30 hp (22 kW)
- Propellers: 2-bladed x2 chain driven pusher, 8 ft 6 in (2.59 m) diameter
- McFarland, Marvin (ed), The Papers of Wilbur and Orville Wright vol. 2. New York: McGraw-Hill, 1953, p. 1199.
- Munson, Kenneth, Pioneer Aircraft 1903-1914. London: Blandford, 1969.
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