The Vought VE-10 "Bat Boat" was an American biplane flying boat built in 1919 by Vought.
|National origin||United States|
|First flight||August 2, 1919|
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. Pilots of the aircraft noted that it was well balanced, easy to control, and had performance similar to many land planes of the time. They also noted that it may have been able to perform stunts; an act that was rare for seaplanes at the time. The September 13, 1919 issue of Aircraft Journal called it "one of the most promising commercial airplanes to make its appearance since the armistice". Despite the large public interest for the VE-10, Vought failed to sell any aircraft.
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. The final disposition of the VE-10 is unknown.
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