1916 Curtiss Model F "Seagull" Flying Boat Biplane

Summary

The Model F "Seagull," developed by Glenn Curtiss, was among the first successful flying boats made in the United States. More than 150 of the craft were built, with many seeing service in the U.S. Navy. At a time when landing strips were rare but lakes were plentiful, water-based aircraft were practical alternatives to wheeled planes.

The Model F "Seagull," developed by Glenn Curtiss, was among the first successful flying boats made in the United States. More than 150 of the craft were built, with many seeing service in the U.S. Navy. At a time when landing strips were rare but lakes were plentiful, water-based aircraft were practical alternatives to wheeled planes.

Artifact

Airplane

Date Made

1916

 On Exhibit

On Loan - Glenn H. Curtiss Museum (Hammondsport, NY)

Object ID

00.204.20

Credit

From the Collections of The Henry Ford. Gift of Ray C. Dahlinger.

Material

Wood (Plant material)
Cloth

Dimensions

Height: 10.833 ft

Width: 50 ft

Length: 27.5 ft

Inscriptions

Plate on engine: MOTEUR D'AVAITON. LICENSE HISPANO-SUIZA/BREVETS BIRKIGT / PATENTED IN U.S.A. / 24MARCH 1916 23 MAY 1916 / OTHER PATENTS APPLIED FOR / 6626 NO. 81294 Below plate on casing marked: TYPE A

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