No. 9423. Dayton-Wright OW-1 Aerial Coupe
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Dayton-Wright OW-1 Aerial Coupe

11/30/2009. This four-seat cabin touring aircraft was designed by Ivan Driggs and Orville Wright (his last design), and based on the de Havilland D.H.4. Flown in 1919, initially fitted with a Wright license built 150 hp Hispano-Suiza A eight-cylinder water-cooled V-engine, it was refitted with a similar 150 hp Packard 8 engine, thereafter with a similar 180 hp Hispano-Suiza E engine.

Flown by Dayton-Wright test pilot Bernard L. Whelan, and accompanied by three mechanics as passengers, the Aerial Coupe reached a record altitude of 19,710 (6,008 m) after a 2 hr 31 min flight over USAAC Test Center at McCook Field, Dayton, Ohio, on May 22, 1921.

Whelan and Howard Rinehart (another company test pilot) formed the Rinehart-Whelan Company at Moraine City, Ohio, and acquired the Aerial Coupe in 1923, a year later it was sold to John Montijo of Long Beach, California, and parts were used to rebuild a Hall-Scott L-6.

Created November 30, 2009