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Towle WC / TA-1

Thomas Towle was an engineer who had been involved with many early aircraft designs. Having just co-designed the Eastman E2 Sea Rover, Towle was commissioned by Henry McCarroll to promote Detroit's aviation production capabilities. The Towle WC, aka Towle TA-1, was a custom built aircraft for a 1929 round-the world flight.

The WC was a flying boat with an aluminum hull. The strut braced parasol wing was fabric covered, first flown in November 1928.

The prototype WC flew as far as Brazil before engine reliability issues forced the cancellation of the round-the-world flight attempt.

Two were built.


Towle WC
Engines: 2 × Comet R-612, 150 hp (110 kW) each
Wingspan: 52 ft (16 m)
Length: 35 ft (11 m)
Empty weight: 2,750 lb (1,247 kg)
Gross weight: 4,420 lb (2,005 kg)
Maximum speed: 100 kn; 185 km/h (115 mph)
Minimum control speed: 39 kn; 72 km/h (45 mph)
Capacity: 4







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