New England Air Museum
Elbridge 'Featherweight'

 

Courtesy of the Henry Ford Museum and Greenfield Village

In 1909, G. E. DeLong, Chief Engineer of the Elbridge Engine Company of Rochester, N. Y., redesigned their line of excellent two-cycle marine engines for aircraft. Named "Featherweight" to target aircraft builders, the Eldridge engines featured a modular construction that allowed them to be built in three, four and six vertical cylinder versions.

The reasonably priced Elbridge engines were extensively used by amateur aviators and were unique in having an unlimited warranty on manufacturing defects. This engine powered Clyde Cessna's first plane, the Silverwing.

This engine is located in the Civilian Hanger near the Aviation Pioneers exhibit.

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Specifications

Type: 4-cylinder, liquid-cooled, inline piston engine
Displacement: 302 cu. in.
Weight: 178 lbs.
Power Output: 60 hp @ 1,500 rpm
NEAM Id: 214

 


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