Curtiss Rheims Racer 1909
At the urging of the Aeronautical Society of New York to represent it in the 1909 Gordon Bennett Cup Race in France, Curtiss built a larger version of the D / Golden Flyer and installed a new 60hp V-8 engine, which was a carefully-guarded secret until the racer was set up in France in August.
Flying against the clock rather than other aeroplanes, Curtiss completed the 20km closed course at a world's record 69.76km/hto win the Gordon Bennett Cup. Curtiss then went on to win events at Brescia, Italy.
The Reims Racer was later used by Curtiss who set a speed record of 55 mph at the first US air meet, 10-20 Jan 1910, at Dominguez Hills in Los Angeles, and his pilots for exhibition work and other record flights in the United States.
It was sold to Charles K Hamilton, who flew exhibitions in it until crashing at Seattle on 3 Dec 1910.
Engine: Curtiss 63hp V-8 pusher