Vought VE-10

Summary

The Vought VE-10 "Bat Boat" was an American biplane flying boat built in 1919 by Vought.

Vought VE-10
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Vought VE-10
Role Flying boat
National origin United States
Manufacturer Vought
First flight August 2, 1919
Introduction 1919
Status Discontinued
Produced 1919
Number built 1

Design and developmentEdit

Chance M. Vought announced the VE-10 at around the same time as work began on the VE-9. The aircraft had a short, 3-seat hull and was powered by a 90 hp Curtiss OX-5 V8 engine.[1]

Operational historyEdit

The VE-10 made its maiden flight on August 2, 1919, with test pilots James A. Taylor, Jr. and Caleb S. Bragg at the controls.[2] Pilots of the aircraft noted that it was well balanced, easy to control, and had performance similar to many land planes of the time.[3] They also noted that it may have been able to perform stunts; an act that was rare for seaplanes at the time.[3] The September 13, 1919 issue of Aircraft Journal called it "one of the most promising commercial airplanes to make its appearance since the armistice".[2] Despite the large public interest for the VE-10, Vought failed to sell any aircraft.[4]

Vought offered the VE-10 to the US Navy, and "exhaustive" test flights were made by US Naval Air Service Commanders McDonald and Griffin, and US Army Lieutenant Colonel Harald E. Hartney. All three test pilots were pleased with the VE-10's flight characteristics, but as the Navy did not have a use for the aircraft other than unofficial flights, no orders were placed.[2][4] The final disposition of the VE-10 is unknown.[4]

VariantsEdit

VE-10
1 built
VE-15
Militarized derivative of the VE-10.[5] Not built.

Specifications (VE-10)Edit

Data from [3]

General characteristics

  • Crew: 1
  • Capacity: 2 passengers
  • Length: 27 ft 0 in (8.23 m)
  • Upper wingspan: 36 ft 0 in (10.97 m)
  • Lower wingspan: 28 ft 4.5 in (8.649 m)
  • Height: 10 ft 5 in (3.18 m)
  • Wing area: 300 sq ft (28 m2)
  • Empty weight: 1,330 lb (603 kg)
  • Max takeoff weight: 1,950 lb (885 kg)
  • Powerplant: 1 × Curtiss OX-5 V8 engine, 90 hp (67 kW)
  • Propellers: 2-bladed wooden propeller

Performance

  • Maximum speed: 80 mph (130 km/h, 70 kn)
  • Stall speed: 46 mph (74 km/h, 40 kn)
  • Range: 200 mi (320 km, 170 nmi) [1]
  • Endurance: 2½ hr[4]
  • Rate of climb: 325 ft/min (1.65 m/s)

See alsoEdit

Aircraft of comparable role, configuration, and era

Related lists

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b "Vought VE-10 - flying boat". www.aviastar.org. Retrieved 2021-01-27.
  2. ^ a b c Aircraft Journal. Gardner-Moffat Company. 1919.
  3. ^ a b c Aviation and Aeronautical Engineering. Gardner, Moffat Company. 1919.
  4. ^ a b c d Moran, Gerard (1978). Aeroplanes Vought 1917-1977. Historical Aviation Album. p. 21. ISBN 0-911852-83-2.
  5. ^ Millot, Bernard (2004). Les Avions Vought (in French). Lariviere. p. 526. ISBN 2848900601.

External linksEdit

  • American Flying Boats and Amphibious Aircraft: An Illustrated History