The Royal Enfield Company stayed in business for over seventy years manufacturing motorcycles from 1898 through 1971. Using some of the best riders around, Royal Enfield competed successfully at numerous motorcycle races and held the land speed record for sidecar outfitted motorcycles driven over one mile.
Engine: Wright Whirlwind J-5
Wingspan: 46 '
Top Speed: 112 mph (180 km/hr)
Gr. Weight: 5135 lbs (2329 kg)
On May 21, 1927 Charles Lindbergh made history by becoming the first to fly an aircraft non-stop across the Atlantic Ocean in his Spirit of St. Louis. Lindbergh made the trip in 33 hours and 30 minutes and altered the way the world perceived aviation. He became an instant international hero and to this day is considered one of the most significant figures in aviation history.
During its peak the Saxon name was a household word. A brand new Saxon roadster sold for $395, and its operating cost was advertised as ½ cent per mile. Electric lights and a starter were available as options costing an additional $70. It featured a “high speed motor” that was light, powerful, efficient and durable. […]
In 1914 Scripps Booth introduced the unique and advanced feature of electrically operated push-button doors, long before they were to become what we would consider almost a standard feature today. They were advertised as luxurious light cars, and they offered luxury, beauty, performance and economy as selling points of their product.
Sears, Roebuck and Company had nine different car models available from 1905 to 1910 built by the Lincoln Motor Car Works in Chicago. In an unusual and trusting attempt to lure customers, potential buyers were allowed a ten-day trial period to determine whether or not they wanted to keep the Sears product. Prices ranged from […]
Wingspan: 46 ' 5"
Top Speed: 40 mph (64 km/hr)
The acquisition of a rare French ENV aircraft engine inspired Cole Palen to build a replica of the aircraft it once powered, an English Short S-29 biplane. The machine honors the daring pioneer aviator, Cecil Grace, who flew this aircraft competitively in 1910. Grace was lost during a competition for the longest flight from England into Europe.
Engine: Siemens-Halske SH.III Rotary
Top Speed: 112 mph (180 km/hr)
Gr. Weight: 1598 lbs (725 kg)
The Siemens-Schuckert D.III entered service in spring 1918 powered with an unusual 160 HP rotary engine. The 11-cylinder engine, developed by Siemens-Halske, offered two counter-rotating masses that cancelled out gyroscopic forces. A clever application of bevel gears allowed the crankcase, cylinders and propeller to rotate in one direction at 900 rpm, while the inner workings of the engine (crankshaft, pistons, connecting rods, etc.) rotated in the opposing direction at 900 rpm, delivering a combined 1800 rpm. The aircraft climbed fast and performed well at altitude, but cooling issues combined with the poor grade of lubricant available reduced engine life to a handful of hours.
Engine: Clerget & Le Rhone rotaries
Horsepower: 110 - 145
Wingspan: 33 ' 6"
Top Speed: 100 mph (160 km/hr)
Gr. Weight: 2149 lbs (975 kg)
The versatile Sopwith “Two-Seater” appeared at the front in the Spring of 1916. This dull name was quickly discarded for “1 ½ Strutter” recognizing its long and short cabane struts forming an unusual twin “W” shape supporting the upper wing.
The Strutter was built in two configurations: as a two-seat, fighter/reconnaissance machine and as a single-seat light bomber.
And it was one the earliest British designs to offer armament for both the pilot and observer.
Engine: Various Rotaries
Horsepower: 100 - 160
Wingspan: 28 '
Top Speed: 118 mph (189 km/hr)
Gr. Weight: 1453 lbs (659 kg)
Arguably the most maneuverable fighter of World War I, the Sopwith Camel and the faster S.E.5a were the predominant British fighters of the last two years of the war. Its name came from the “hump” covering the twin Vickers machine guns. An improvement over the single gun, 80 HP Sopwith Pup, Camels were used by the RFC, RNAS, RAF along with the US Army Air Service and the US Navy.
Horsepower: 180 - 220
Wingspan: 32 ' 6"
Top Speed: 119 mph (191 km/hr)
Gr. Weight: 1911 lbs (867 kg)
The Sopwith Dolphin, despite its odd design, became a respectable, all-around fighter. Production was somewhat limited due to manufacturing problems with the Hispano-Suiza engine. Along with Spad XIII, Sopwith Camel and S.E.5a fighters, the Dolphin helped to maintain air superiority over the Western Front during the last year of the war.