Monday, July 4, 2011

United States - 1918 Standard E-1

Since it is Independence Day in the United States I think a post on an American built aircraft is in order. Though the United States entered the war late America aircraft designers were developing military aircraft which could have effected the war f it had continued into 1919.

An American Advanced Fighter

Standard E-1 -1917
Standard E-1 - 1917

The Standard E-1 was an early American Army fighter aircraft, tested in 1917. It arrived late in World War I, and as a result saw more use in the months following the Armistice than those preceding it.

Built by the Standard Aircraft Corporation, the E-1 was an open-cockpit single-place tractor biplane, powered by an 80 hp (60 kW) Le Rhône or 100 hp (75 kW) Gnome or rotary engine. It proved unsuitable as a fighter, but 128 were bought as an advanced trainer. Of these, 30 were powered by the Gnone rotary engine of 100 horsepower and 98 were powered by the LeRhone C-9 rotary engine of 80 horsepower. After World War I, three were modified as RPVs.


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The Angry Lurker said...

Very clean lines, I like it.

Unknown said...

I agree Fran, I wonder how it would have performed if it had been fitted with a different engine. By the time it was built rotary engines were on their way out. I guess it was a cost cutting measure.