Dayton-Wright Cabin Cruiser

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KT Cabin Cruiser
Dayton Wright Cabin Cruisers.jpg
Role Three-seat touring aircraft
Manufacturer Dayton-Wright Airplane Company
First flight 1921
Developed from de Havilland DH.4

The Dayton-Wright KT Cabin Cruiser was a 1920s American three-seat touring aircraft built by the Dayton-Wright Airplane Company in Dayton, Ohio.[1] Often known as the "Honeymoon Express", it was one of several civilian aircraft the company developed from the de Havilland DH.4.

Design and development[edit]

The Dayton-Wright Airplane Company had built 3,106 de Havilland DH.4s under license during the First World War. After the war ended, the company looked to develop civil transports. The resulting KT Cabin Cruiser was a standard production DH.4 with a glazed enclosure for two passengers in tandem-seat configuration in the front, and a pilot in the rear, under a continuous glazed canopy. Because of the intimate side-by-side accommodations for the front passengers the aircraft was popularly known as the "Honeymoon Express". Another more basic conversion from the DH.4 was the Nine-Hour Cruiser which retained the open cockpit with room for two passengers behind but had an increased fuel load.

Specifications (KT Cabin Cruiser)[edit]

Data from The Illustrated Encyclopedia of Aircraft (Part Work 1982-1985)

General characteristics

  • Crew: One
  • Capacity: 2 passengers
  • Length: 30 ft 1½in (9.18 m m)
  • Wingspan: 43 ft 7½ in (13.30 m)
  • Height: 11 ft 2½ in (3.42 m)
  • Wing area: 441.09 ft² (40.98 m²)
  • Empty weight: 2,686 lb (1218 kg)
  • Max. takeoff weight: 4,128 lb (1872 kg)
  • Powerplant: 1 × Liberty 12 inline piston, 420 hp (313 kW)



  • one 0.293 in (7.45 mm) machine-gun

See also[edit]

Aircraft of comparable role, configuration and era

Dayton-Wright OW.1 Aerial Coupe


  1. ^ Aerial Age: 5. 15 March 1920.  Missing or empty |title= (help)
  • The Illustrated Encyclopedia of Aircraft (Part Work 1982-1985). Orbis Publishing.