Metal Aircraft Corporation Flamingo

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G-2-W Flamingo El Rio Caroní, on display at Ciudad Bolívar airport, in Venezuela
Role Passenger monoplane
National origin United States of America
Manufacturer Metal Aircraft Corporation
Designer Ralph R. Graichen
Status On display
Unit cost
around $23,000 in 1929

The Metal Aircraft Corp. Flamingo was a monoplane produced in Cincinnati by the Metal Aircraft Corporation in the 1930s.[1]

Design and development[edit]

The Metal Aircraft Corporation purchased the design from the Halpin Development Co. and unveiled it at the 1929 National Air Races with Elinor Smith.[2][3]

Operational history[edit]

One G-2-W, named El Rio Caroní, is best remembered for its role in the discovery of Angel Falls by Jimmy Angel in 1935. Although well known to the local indigenous population, the falls had been glimpsed only by European explorers until Jimmy Angel crash-landed while attempting to land above the falls on Auyán-tepui during gold exploration.

The Metal Aircraft Corporation Flamingo that crashed above the falls was recovered by helicopter in the 1960s by the Venezuelan government and is on display at the entrance of the Ciudad Bolívar airport, in Venezuela. A replica was put in its place for visitors of the crash site.[4]

Other operators included the Mason & Dixon airline.[2]


Halpin Flamingo
six-passenger 410hp P&W
five-passenger 450hp P&W
six-passenger 525hp P&W
eight-passenger 410hp P&W
five-passenger 410 or 525 P&W[1]

Specifications (Flamingo G2W)[edit]

Data from Skyways, Air and Space[4]

General characteristics

  • Capacity: eight
  • Length: 32 ft 6 in (9.91 m)
  • Height: 9 ft 6 in (2.90 m)
  • Empty weight: 2,960 lb (1,343 kg)
  • Gross weight: 5,600 lb (2,540 kg)
  • Powerplant: 1 × Pratt & Whitney R-1340 Wasp 9-cyl. air-cooled radial piston engine, 410 hp (310 kW)


  • Maximum speed: 117 kn; 217 km/h (135 mph)
  • Cruise speed: 100 kn; 185 km/h (115 mph)
  • Rate of climb: 800 ft/min (4.1 m/s)


  1. ^ a b "Cincinnati Aviation Heritage Society & Museum". cahslunken. Retrieved 20 February 2016. 
  2. ^ a b McClure, Rusty; Stern, David; Banks, Michael A. (9 November 2006). Crosley: two brothers and a business empire that transformed the nation. Clerisy Press. ISBN 978-1578602919. 
  3. ^ Grey, C.G., ed. (1928). Jane's all the World's Aircraft 1928. London: Sampson Low, Marston & company, ltd. 
  4. ^ a b Skyways. July 1999.  Missing or empty |title= (help)