Smith Aircraft Engine

Smith Aircraft Engine aircraft engine at the New England Air Museum

Specifications

Type:   2-cylinder horizontally opposed, air-cooled piston
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Compressor:   
Displacement:   
Weight:   102 lbs.
Power Output:   18 hp @ 1,200 rpm
Year:   1910
NEAM Id:   213
Location:   Civil Hangar

Gift of George F. Smith

Designed and built by George F. Smith of New Britain, Connecticut, this engine is the oldest surviving aircraft engine built in Connecticut. The cylinders were modified from those of a Corbin automobile, the crankshaft was taken from a Franklin automobile, while the aluminum crankcase and off-set connecting rods were Smith's own design.

In the summer of 1911, Smith installed his engine in a monoplane which he also designed and built. He attempted to fly the aircraft at the Fair Grounds in Berlin, Connecticut but was not successful in his attempt.

Please contact Nick Hurley, Museum Curator, by email if you have any information or comments on the Smith Aircraft Engine.


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