Laird LC-DW 300 “Solution”

Laird LC-DW 300 “Solution” at the New England Air Museum


Type:   Racer
First Flight:   
Length:   19' 6”
Height:   6' 3”
Wingspan:   34'
Rotor Diameter:   
Empty Weight:   1,380 lbs.
Gross Weight:   2,200 lbs.
Cruise Speed:   
Maximum Speed:   202 mph
Range:   360 naut. mi.
Service Ceiling:   
Powerplant:   Pratt & Whitney R-985 Wasp Jr.
Year:   1930
Serial No.:   192
Registration:   NC10538
Location:   Civil Hangar

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.

Based on Laird's “Speedwing” design, this was the only Solution built, as well as, the only biplane ever to win the Thompson Trophy. Modified and re-engined many times, the Solution became a sports plane, was grounded and put into storage.

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.

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