BILL McBRIDE COLLECTION
No. 8630. Beese Taube (Dove)
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Beese Taube (Dove)

02/28/2009. Remarks by Kees Kort: "This great rarity was designed by Melli Beese, the most famous German aviatrix before the start of the Great War. Almost all Taube variants had water-cooled in-line engines with radiators at the side of the fuselage. This Taube was fitted with a 50 hp Oberursel rotary engine, to obtain better cooling cut-outs were made in the cowling. The wing construction was conventional following the classic girder bracing system as used in the original Taubes.

Designed for speed, it was sometimes called the 'Rennmodell' (Racing model), however, the machine did not win prizes in the great German pre-war contests. The Eisernes Kreuz (Iron Cross) painted on wings and tail date the photo taken after September 28, 1914."

Created February 28, 2009