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Old 29th Jun 2007, 22:48
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Technological last? Quite possibly. The aircraft was not a success, only 3 were built in 1917, only 2 flew. Curiously, the rudder was used only to compensate for engine torque.

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Old 30th Jun 2007, 07:00
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Parasol bracing like this maybe?
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Old 30th Jun 2007, 08:51
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Yes, quite similar.
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Old 30th Jun 2007, 09:06
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Curiously, the rudder was used only to compensate for engine Torque.
These higher powered rotary engined aircraft must have been monsters to control at the best of times. As a new rotary engined type in 1917 it surely must have been doomed from the start.

Does anyone know when or what the last series production rotary engined type was? Was anyone building rotary engined aircraft after 1918?
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Old 30th Jun 2007, 09:36
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Rotary engines

Historical references indicate that Rotary Engine production ceased in the year 1918. Nearly 92,400 rotary engines were produced under all licenses. Russian factories may have produced small numbers for reverse-engineering studies up to the year 1919. Barnstormers and other surplus airframe operators used the engines into 1926.
Engine cores and spares became increasingly sparse, thereby rendering many, if not all, engines to the scrap pile. After all, the War-to-end-all-Wars was over, wasn't it? Is it possible that multi-millionare Howard Hughes was the last known operator of a Rotary engine? Check out his long-delayed movie "Hell's Angels" for confirmation. Be wary of inserted stock footage though. The original, uncut, unedited movie is hard to find.

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Old 30th Jun 2007, 11:52
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Thanks.. interesting.

Sorry about thread creep... but this has been an interesting challenge and it got me wondering whether or not there were any successful multi rotary engined powered aircraft - The Caudron G4 appears to be a notable example with over 1300 examples built but that seems to be about it...
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Old 30th Jun 2007, 19:49
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It is the Albree-Pigeon-Fraser-Pursuit, the first pursuit aircraft contracted by the U.S. government. The aircraft had a flying tail section, and the first flat bottom airfoil.
It is on display at the Old Rhinebeck Museum, in New York state.


Anyone who has a cockpit photo to post, please do so.
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Another oldie I am afraid.

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Old 30th Jun 2007, 21:35
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Nakajima A1N?
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Sorry Bri, not Japanese.
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Late 30's early 40's?
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1930s, British, twin machine guns with interrupter gear?
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Late 20s possibly, more likely early 30s, biplane, Brit
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Is it the Fairey Fantome?
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Sorry for the delay;
Akubra:- Late 30's early 40's?1930s This aircraft was Early to Mid 1930s

India Four Two:- British, twin machine guns with interrupter gear? It was British and yes to armament.

larssnowpharter:- Late 20s possibly, more likely early 30s, biplane, Brit It was a biplane and see answer for India42

windriver:- Is it the Fairey Fantome? Not the Fairey Fantome.
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OK.. How about the Hawker Hardy?
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This aircraft was not from the Hawker or Fairey Stables.
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Gloster Gamecock ??
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Great to see you back. This one was not from Glosters I am afraid.
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