Wright Model E
|Wright Model E|
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The Model E featured 24 inch tires. It was flown with four and six cylinder Wright engines.
The model E was fitted with a prototype autopilot that used a wind driven generator and pendulums to drive the wing warping controls. The design was quickly eclipsed by a gyroscopic autopilot developed by Lawrence Sperry for the competing Curtiss Aeroplane Company.
On 31 December 1913, Orville Wright demonstrated a Model E with a "automatic stabilizer" flying seven circuits around Huffman Prairie field with his hands above his head. The Model E demonstrations earned the Wright Brothers the 1913 Collier Trophy from Aero Club of America.
Specifications (Wright Model E)
- Crew: one
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- Powerplant: 1 × aircraft engine
- Propellers: 2-bladed fixed pitch, Script error: No such module "convert". diameter
|40x40px||Wikimedia Commons has media related to Wright Model E.|
- "1913 Wright Model E". Retrieved 3 Feb 2011.
- Tom D. Crouch. The Bishop's boys: a life of Wilbur and Orville Wright.
- "Wright Automatic Stabilizer". New York Times. 6 Jan 1914.
- American Aviation Historical Society. American Aviation Historical Society journal, Volumes 9-11. Missing or empty