Curtiss Model E

Utility Biplane

Curtiss A-1 Triad, Replica, San Diego Air and Space Museum © Karsten Palt
Photo ©: Karsten Palt
The Curtiss Model E is a single-engine two-seat utility biplane aircraft produced by the US-American manufacturer Curtiss Aeroplane Company. Model E was built as a landplane, seaplane and as a amphibian. It was the US Navy?s first aircraft, designated A-1 Triad.
The Curtiss Model E is a development of the Curtiss Model D. It is the first US built seaplane.
Propulsion1 Piston Engine
Engine ModelCurtiss OX-5
Engine Power67 kW90 hp
max. Cruise Speed81 km/h44 kts
  51 mph
Speed96 km/h52 kts
  60 mph
Rate of climb30 m/min100 ft/min
Empty Weight395 kg871 lbs
max. Takeoff Weight522 kg1.151 lbs
Wing Span10,77 m35 ft 4 in
Length7,85 m25 ft 9 in
Height2,44 m8 ft 0 in
First Flight25.02.1911
Production Statusout of production
Total Production14
Developed fromCurtiss Model D
Data for (Version)Curtiss Model E (Land)

[Photo-ID: 6154] Karsten Palt 2012-06-14
Curtiss A-1 Triad, , , c/n N/A, Replica, Karsten Palt, 2012Curtiss
A-1 Triad
Replica built and flown in 1984
San Diego Air and Space Museum [San Diego, CA]
[Photo-ID: 12291] Karsten Palt 2016-04-10
Curtiss A-1 Triad, , N24034, c/n 12, Karsten Palt, 2016Curtiss
A-1 Triad
Reg.: N24034
c/n: 12
built in 1912
EAA AirVenture Museum [Oshkosh, WI]