|Bird A of 1929 fitted with Curtiss OX-5 engine preserved at the Historic Aircraft Restoration Museum near St Louis, Missouri|
|National origin||United States|
|First flight||September 1928|
|Status||some aircraft still flying and on display in museums|
|Primary user||private flyers and barnstorming|
|Number built||ca. 240|
The Brunner-Winkle Bird was a three-seat taxi and joy-riding aircraft produced in the US from 1928 to 1931.
Design and operation
The Model A version was powered by the ubiquitous Curtiss OX-5, and featured a welded steel-tube truss fuselage with metal and fabric skinning. The wings, constructed of Spruce and plywood were also covered with metal and fabric skinning. The Model A had a reasonable performance for an OX-5 powered aircraft. The Model A's ease of handling led to its entry into the 1929 Guggenheim Safety Airplane contest, where it was awarded the highest ratings for a standard production aircraft.
The Model A was awarded Group 2 approval no 2-33 in January 1929 for the first nine aircraft serial no. 1000 to 1008. Aircraft serial no. 1009 upwards were manufactured under Air Transport Certificate no. 101.
The Model B followed on from the initial Bird design and was fitted with the uncowled Kinner radial engine. Production aircraft were designated BK.
Data from: aerofiles.com
- Model A
- original production version with Curtiss OX-5 engine (ca. 80 built)
- Model AT
- version with Milwaukee Tank engine (2 converted from Model A)
- Model B
- version with Kinner K-5 engine (1 prototype)
- Model BK
- production version of Model B (84 built)
- Model C
- version with Wright J-5 engine (1 built)
- Model CC
- Model E
- 4-5 seat version with enclosed cabin and Kinner B-5 engine (1 built)
- Model F
- version with Packard DR-980 (1 built)
Specifications (Bird Model A)
Data from U.S. civil aircraft series:Vol.2 
- Crew: 1
- Capacity: 1
- Length: 22 ft 3 in (6.78 m)
- Wingspan: 34 ft 00 in (10.36 m)
- Height: 8 ft 8 in (2.64 m)
- Wing area: 266 sq ft (24.7 m2)
- Empty weight: 1,315 lb (596 kg)
- Gross weight: 2,150 lb (975 kg)
- Powerplant: 1 × Curtiss OX-5 V-8 water-cooled piston engine, 90 hp (67 kW)
- Propellers: 2-bladed wooden fixed-pitch propeller
- Maximum speed: 105 mph (169 km/h; 91 kn)
- Cruise speed: 88 mph (142 km/h; 76 kn)
- Range: 450 mi (391 nmi; 724 km)
- Service ceiling: 3,800 ft (1,200 m)
- Rate of climb: 520 ft/min (2.6 m/s)
|Wikimedia Commons has media related to Brunner-Winkle Bird.|
- John, Talmage. "The Brunner Winkle Bird at the Cradle of Aviation Museum". www.cradleofaviation.org. Retrieved 21 September 2018.
- Juptner, Joseph J. (1 May 1993). U.S. civil aircraft series:Vol.2. TAB AERO. pp. 9 to 11. ISBN 978-0830643677.
- "Aircraft Ba-Bl". aerofiles.com. Retrieved 2008-10-19.