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VEF I-15
 
VEF-I15-01
 
In the summer of 1938, the Latvian aircraft designer Kārlis Irbītis, working at the Valsts Elektrotehniskā Fabrika (VEF) at Riga commenced design of a single-seat advanced trainer as a follow on to his earlier, similar VEF I-14 aircraft.
 
The I-15 was a low-winged monoplane of all-wooden construction, powered by a single de Havilland Gipsy Six air-cooled engine, and fitted with a fixed tailwheel undercarriage.
 
The design of the I-15 was in general similar to the earlier I-14, but it was carried out taking into account the requirements of the Air Force of Latvia. The fuselage and wing were slightly redesigned, a new de Havilland Gipsy Six-I engine (200 hp) was installed with a two-bladed fixed-pitch wooden propeller.
 
In April 1939, the first prototype, the I-15a with the registration number "190", made its maiden flight, while a second prototype, the I-15b ("191"), was powered by a 220 hp (167 kW) Gypsy Six II engine driving a variable-pitch propeller, and armed with a single synchronised machine gun followed, this demonstrating improved performance, increasing speed from 314 to 330 km / h.
The two I-15 prototypes were transferred to the Latvian Air Force for use as advanced trainers, while a further two aircraft, to be designated I-15bis and powered by Hispano-Suiza 6 Mb engines were ordered by the Air Force, but on 17 June 1940, the Soviet Union occupied Latvia, ordering all aviation related work to be stopped.
 
Work on I-15 was discontinued in 1940, when a more advanced I-16 fighter was successfully tested.
 
15a
Engine: 185/200-hp de Havilland Gypsy 6-I
Prop: 2-blade wooden propeller
Max Speed: 314 km/hr
 
I-15b
Engine: 1 × de Havilland Gipsy Six Series II, 160 kW (220 hp)
Prop: DH constant speed, variable pitch metal
Wingspan: 8.00 m (26 ft 3 in)
Wing area: 10.77 m2 (115.9 sq ft)
Length: 7.10 m (23 ft 4 in)
Height: 2.10 m (6 ft 11 in)
Empty weight: 750 kg (1,653 lb)
Gross weight: 960 kg (2,116 lb)
Maximum speed: 331 km/h (206 mph; 179 kn)
max continuous Cruise speed: 300 km/h (186 mph; 162 kn)
Range: 610 km (379 mi; 329 nmi)
Service ceiling: 7,000 m (23,000 ft)
Armament: 1× machine gun
Crew: 1
 
 
 
Wysong 1915 biplane
 
A Curtiss headless type single place open biplane was built in 1915 by college student Forrest E Wysong using written instructions sent to him by Lincoln Beachey.
 
First flown on 16 March 1915, it was flown four times before his father ordered him to "get rid of the dangerous machine."
 
Engine: 75hp Roberts 6 pusher
Propeller: 8'
Wingspan: 22'0"
Length: 18'0"
Speed: 90 mph
Seats: 1
 
 
 
Western Aircraft Corp Sport
 
The 1930 Western Aircraft Corp Sport single place open cockpit monoplane was registered N216Y c/n 1 in mid-1930, powered with a Szekely.
 
The company vanished shortly after licensing this plane, apparently swallowed up by the Depression, and fate of the plane is unknown as its registration was cancelled in 1932.
 
 
 
Wyandotte High School Pup
 
In 1932, Wyandotte High School built the prototype Pup (NX12546) as a shop class project, the first one ever designed and built in a public high school. Desiged by Noel Hockaday and Guy Poyerand costing around $1,800, the Pup first flew on 18 August 1932.
 
A single place, high wing monoplane, two or three were built, the last one sold to Porterfield Aircraft and introduced at the 1935 Detroit Air Show as Porterfield Flyabout with a 70hp LeBlond engine.
 
Engine: 40hp Aeromarine AR-3
Wingspan: 32'0"
Length: 21'0"
Useful load: 425 lb
Max speed: 100 mph
Cruise speed: 80 mph
Stall: 33 mph
Seats: 1
 
 
 
Western Airplane Corp King Bird
 
The 1929 Western Airplane Co King Bird open cockpit biplane sold for $2500. Only one was built; N6768.
 
Engine: 90hp Curtiss OX-5
Wingspan (upper): 35'0"
Wingspan (lower): c.38'0"
Length: 25'4"
Max speed: 95 mph
Cruise speed: 85 mph
Stall: 30 mph
Range: 440 mi
Seats: 3
 
 
 
 


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