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Aerial Experiment Association / Curtiss June Bug / Loon

 

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The June Bug was a further refinement of White Wing, was sponsored by Curtiss and was more successful with the same 40 hp lightweight V-8 engine. First flown on 21 June, it made numerous flights, including a straight run of 1042m on the seventh flight. On 4 July1908, Curtiss made a pre-arranged flight to win the first task, or 'leg', of the Scientific American Trophy, which called for a straightaway flight of one kilometre. After a couple of false starts, he won this with ease by flying 1.6km at a speed of 62.76km/h.

 

The June Bug was used by Curtiss for a total of 32 flights. It then crashed on 2 January 1909 and went into retirement.

 

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 Curtiss fitted pontoons to his June Bug, renamed it Loon, and tested it in June 1909, but it would not leave the water.

 

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Take-off weight: 279 kg / 615 lb
Wingspan: 12.95 m / 42 ft 6 in
Wing area: 34.37 sq.m / 369.96 sq ft

 

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