The Henry Ford
Henry Ford Museum Greenfield Village IMAX Theatre Benson Ford Research Center Ford Rouge Factory Tour
Heroes of the Sky




Record Breakers

The Planes: 1920 Dayton Wright RB-1

click me
Enlarge photo

Length: 22' 6";
Wingspan: 23' 3";
Weight (empty): 1,400 lbs.

Construction Materials: Balsa fuselage and wings, covered with plywood and varnished linen
Builder: Dayton-Wright Company, Dayton, Ohio
Cost: Unknown
Number Built: 1
Engine Type: Hall-Scott L-6, 6-cylinder, 250-horsepower, in-line, water-cooled internal combustion engine
Engine Builder: Hall-Scott Motor Car Company, Berkeley, California
Configuration: 1-pilot tractor monoplane
Maximum Speed: 165 m.p.h.

Only Once
Despite its advanced design and groundbreaking features, this plane only raced once – and it didn’t even finish. Nevertheless, it was part of a new era of racing planes that were built specifically for speed.







the planes   make a paper airplane  
Teachers, get lesson plans and see the curriculum ties to the Heroes of the Sky.
See the planes on exhibit, check out the specifications and get a sneak peak in a few cockpits. Try one of these high- flying designs at home!


Copyright © 2014 The Henry Ford
The Henry Ford is an AAM accredited institution. The complex is an independent, non-profit, educational
institution not affiliated with the Ford Motor Company or the Ford Foundation.