Laird LC-DW 300 'Solution'
Gift of the Members of the Connecticut Aeronautical Historical Association
This airplane was the "Solution" to designer E.M. "Matty" Laird's "problem": to design and build an airplane in one month to complete in the first Thompson Trophy Race at the Chicago National Air Races in 1930. Completed literally just before the race and with only a 10 minute test flight, Charles "Speed" Holman in "Number 77" won the first prestigious event. In doing so, the plane set a closed-course, non-military speed record of 201.9 mph.
After being acquired by the Museum, its restoration was completed with counsel by Matty Laird and is finished in its original black and gold paint scheme.