RON DUPAS PHOTO
No. 772. Gage Tractor Biplane
Photographed at NASM's Paul E. Garber Restoration and Storage Facility, Suitland, Maryland, USA, 1990
Remarks from Roger Cain:
"This is the R.G. Fowler biplane that is on current loan to the
Hiller Aviation Museum
in San Carlos, California, USA. More info at:
Early Birds of Aviation.
While completing exhibition commitments in Kansas City, Robert (Bob) G. Fowler began working on plans for a new, more powerful aeroplane with Jay Gage, a Los Angeles, California aeronautical engineer and aviator whose aircraft designs were getting a lot of attention. Bob placed an order for a single propeller tractor biplane with ane enclosed fuselage, which would make flying in adverse conditions more comfortable. A V-8 A-3 Hall-Scott 80 hp engine insured the needed power to acheive Fowler's newest goal. The engine had been heavily tested and promised to make a frequent spark plug failures and overheating a problem of the past.
This is an interesting book with lots of information about the
plane and it's history and sells in a soft back volume for about $10.00.