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Aeromarine 50 / Limousine

aeromarine50
50-U8D

 

After the First World War, Aeromarine had completed over 300 aircraft. Production was centered around seaplanes for sport and commercial use. President Inglis M. Uppercu, marketed the seaplane based in its luxury interior.
 
The Aeromarine 50, also called the Limousine Flying Boat, was a luxury seaplane first flown in 1919 and introduced at the Chicago Air Show. The aircraft was a biplane seaplane with a two-pilot open cockpit and enclosed seating for three passengers. The 150hp Hispano Suiza engine was mounted in a pusher configuration.
 
The 50B of 1919 was a fully enclosed variant (also called Cabin Flying Boat) with 180hp Aeromarine U-8 (>B-8) pusher. An undocumented 50-B-2 Limousine Flying Boat version was also built.
 
Other versions include 50-C, 50-L, and 50-S Limousine Flying Boat also known as Model 50-U8D; all-metal fuselage; 180hp U-8D or Hisso pusher. The model 50-S entered airline service with Aero Limited over the 100 mile route from New York to Atlantic City, New Jersey during 1919. Ostensibly as a passenger carrier, but more likely for the purpose of moving alcoholic beverages following the passage of the Prohibition Act earlier the same year.
 

A total of 4 or 5 of the 3 or 4 place 1919 Aeromarine 50 / 52 / 55 Limousine Flying Boat were built.

The models 50, 52, and 55 represented an ultimately unsuccessful attempt to offer civil versions utilising components of the Navy A40 trainer utilising the wings, tailplane, and general hull structure of the model 40F.

 

Aeromarine Airways also operated Model 50 flying boats.

 

50 / Limousine Flying Boat
1919                     
Engine: Hisso A, 150hp
Seats: 3            
Wing span: 48 ft 6 in
Length: 28 ft 11 in

 

50
1919
Engine: 1 × Aeromarine V-8 , 130 hp (97 kW)
Upper wingspan: 48 ft 6 in (14.78 m)
Lower wingspan: 37 ft 8 in (11.48 m)
Height: 12 ft 7 in (3.84 m)
Empty weight: 2,280 lb (1,034 kg)
Gross weight: 3,000 lb (1,361 kg)
Fuel capacity: 40 U.S. gallons (150 L; 33 imp gal)
Maximum speed: 65 kn; 121 km/h (75 mph)
Stall speed: 38 kn; 71 km/h (44 mph)
Endurance: 3.5 hr
Rate of climb: 220 ft/min (1.1 m/s)
Crew: 2
Passengers: 3

50-B
1919                    
Engine: Aeromarine U-8, 180hp

 

50 B-2

50C
Engine: 150 hp (112 kW) Hispano Suiza

50-L

50-S / 50-U8D
1919                     
Engine: Hisso or Aeromarine U-8D, 180hp

 

 Aeromar-50-01
 Aeromar-50-02
 Aeromar-50-03
Aeromarine 50 B-2

 

 

 

 


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