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Thunderbird WH-14-O
 
Thunderbird Aircraft was established to build and develop the Thunderbird biplane, designed by Theodore A. Woolsey, and first flown in June 1926. The production W-14 was a three-seat open-cockpit biplane powered by a Curtiss OX-5 engine.
Designed by Ted Woolsey, the open cockpit biplane series was first flown on 11 July 1926 (piloted by Jack Frye).
 
About 40 were built (ATC 2-141), powered normally by a 90hp Curtiss OX-5 (for $3,350) but they also had 120hp Bailey C-7R radial, 140hp Floco (Axelson) as W-14-F, and 150hp Wright-Hisso E (for $3,750) as W-14-H.
Known registrations:
 
N5243, N5404, N5457, N5588, N5770, N5830, N5969, N6502, N6573, N6589, et al.
 
One was registered N7201as a W-14 (no suffix) with a 130hp Hallett engine,
 
One, NX9830, was modified for Roscoe Turner with a 50' parachute in a compartment behind the rear cockpit for his attempts in parachuting an airplane safely to the ground.
 
Engine: Curtiss OX-5, 90hp
Wingspan: 31'0"
Length: 24'6"
Useful load: 850 lb
Max speed: 115 mph
Cruise speed: 95 mph
Stall: 38 mph
Range: 400 mi
Ceiling: 15,000'
Seats: 3
 

 

 

 


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