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Curtiss Seaplane / D Hydro





Curtiss also worked on developing the seaplane, basically a land plane with floats instead of wheeled landing gear. His first seaplane, based on the Model D was manoeuvrable, light, and relatively fast, and was the most widely built type of plane in the United States before World War I.
The D Hydro was a standard, Curtiss-designed 60 hp Type D pusher landplane fitted with a single, flat- bottomed spruce hull built locally by Baker Machine Co. Built and flown by Glenn Curtiss from San Diego Bay on 26 January, 1911, the first practical seaplane.
Curtiss and his hydroplane being hoisted aboard the USS Pennsylvania in San Diego harbour, 1911.




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