The Gallaudet DB-1, built in the early 1920s, was designed as a day bomber but the aircraft never advanced past the design stage.
The Burgess-Dunne was built by Burgess under license. Burgess fitted a tailless biplane designed by John Dunne in England with central floats. One of these planes became Canada’s first military aircraft, and the U.S. Navy purchased several as the AH-7 in 1914.
Burgess fitted some of the Wright planes with pontoons.
Glenn Martin and his prototype fighter aircraft.
The Martin MB-1 or Glenn Martin Bomber was the first U.S.-designed bomber procured by the U.S. Army in quantity in the World War I era.
An early model Thomas Morse Scout. The upper wing has dihedral.
The first Thomas-Morse airplane-the S-4 single-seat biplane.
Thomas-Morse S-5 powered with rotary engine.
The M-8 fighter was based on a design by Grover Loening.
The first B&W was completed in June 1916.
This former shipyard was the first home of The Boeing Company, which was founded in 1916. It was called the Red Barn.
The Loughead brothers charged tourists $10 for a 10-minute ride over San Francisco Bay in their Model G.
After World War I, the Lockheed Company survived by Building Curtiss HS-2L flying boats for the U.S. Navy.
The Loughead brothers in their F-1 flying boat, 1918. Malcolm is on the left, Allan on the right
The second decade of the twentieth century marked the beginning of the U.S. aircraft industry. Growth was slow though and companies remained small until the United States started supporting the needs generated by World War I. The war provided the impetus for the creation of several fledgling companies and the growth of already-existing companies.
The company provided seaplanes and other aircraft to the military. The first tractor
When Curtis withdrew his interest in 1914, the company was renamed the Burgess Company. Burgess merged into the Curtiss Aeroplane and Motor Company (begun by Glenn Curtiss) in 1916, and Curtiss acquired all Burgess stock.
the Curtiss and Wright training planes and persuaded Glenn
Martin to develop a trainer for the Navy that would be the source
of Martin’s success.
On August 7, 1916, the Wright Company
Toward the end of World War I, the Army asked Martin to develop a bomber aircraft that would be superior to the Handley Page 0/400,
The Boeing Company
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October 1, 2006