Nixon Special

Nixon Special at the New England Air Museum


Length:   18' 11”
Height:   8' 1”
Wingspan:   28'
Rotor Diameter:   
Empty Weight:   600 lbs. (est)
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Powerplant:   Hall-Scott
Year:   1918
Serial No.:   Air-1
Location:   Civil Hangar

This airplane was home-built by John F. Nixon from the original design by John F. McMahon. The plans called for the aircraft to be powered by a modified Model “T” Ford engine, however this proved to be too heavy. Nixon used a Hall-Scott engine instead and was so successful that he used the plane in his work for Colonial Air Lines. It was flown until 1926 at which time he put the plan into storage. In 1958, Nixon's son made four flights in the airplane before a large crowd after which is was stored again until it was donated to the Museum.

Contact Nick Hurley, Museum Curator, by phone at 860-623-3305 X318, or by email if you have any information or comments on the Nixon Special.

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