Curtiss A-1 (CUR-AH1) 'Triad'

  Base model:A-1
  Designation System:Various US Military
  Designation Period:1909-1919
  Basic role:Undesignated Aircraft
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  Length: 28' 7" 8.7 m
  Height:8' 10" 2.6 m
  Wingspan: 37' 11.2 m
  Gross Weight: 1,574 lb 714 kg
  Max Weight: 1,575 lb 714 kg

  No. of Engines: 1
  Powerplant: Curtiss V8
  Horsepower (each): 75

  Max Speed: 60 mph 96 km/h 51 kt


Recent comments by our visitors
 Bob Prochko
 , MI
I remember Al Engle, an early (1909) Curtiss pilot who was present at the ceremony commemorating the fiftieth anniversary of Naval Avation, telling of a replica Type E Triad built by the Navy for this occasion. He remembered that the "Crack test pilot" selected to fly the machine was very unhappy with its performance and controls, saying that it was "practically unflyable" . Perhaps this 1961 machine is the one that was mentioned by another poster here, with the serial No. 000001 on its tail.
03/15/2010 @ 19:56 [ref: 25884]
 George White
 Brussels, Belgium, AL
I have now found a second source about a Curtiss Triad entering the 1914 Schneider Trophy, held in Monaco. The 1971 book 'The Schneider Trophy Races' by Ralph Barker, explains that the 1914 Schneider (the second one) had a 'rickety old Curtiss biplane pusher flying boat, with baggy surface fabric that badly needed renewing' The pilot, one William Thaw of Pittsburgh, Pa., was so ashamed he accepted another mount, a Deperdussin. So seemingly, the Triad actually made it to Monaco but never flew either in practice, qualifying or even in the race. Nevertheless, I find it fascinating that a Curtiss craft foreshadowed the later USA victories of 1923 and 1925.
03/17/2007 @ 17:37 [ref: 15924]
 George White
 Brussels, Belgium, BC
I have a single source of information that a Curtiss Triad was entered into the 1914 Schneider Trophy, which took place in Monaco. The source says simply 'did not arrive'. I'd really appreciate anything further from any source.
01/12/2007 @ 17:04 [ref: 15170]
 Mike Salvo
 Louisville, KY
In a recent estate auction, I ran across some photographs of what seems to be a Curtiss A-1 with the tail number USN 000001. The pictures appear to be taken in the 1960s. Since the replica didn't fly until 2004, I'm real curious about the plane in these pictures. Any ideas?
11/10/2006 @ 19:01 [ref: 14724]
 Don Kaake
 Angelica, NY, NY
A 7.5 megabyte movie clip of the OX-5 engine test at Keuka Lake @ Copy and paste this address http://angelica14709.com/v-web/gallery/album34
02/02/2005 @ 12:34 [ref: 9340]
 San Luis Obispo, CA
If this is the same plane that I built the radiator for, I can truthfully say that I am proud to be a small part of the aircraft. I have copies of the photos that were sent to my employer and the success of that flight has made me very proud. Keep up the good work, America cannot afford to forget her her history in any way.

01/02/2005 @ 02:25 [ref: 9032]
 Don Kaake
 Angelica, NY
Jim Poel Pilot of the Triad A-1 has a well written description of his flight at www.republicseabee.com/A1_Triad.html
12/12/2004 @ 23:50 [ref: 8855]
 Jim Poel
 , NY
This A-1 is the only reproduction with the original flight controls that actually flew. It handled well and had plenty of both power and lift. Basically the aircraft wanted to fly. It was an honor to have flown it.
Jim Poel
Pilot of the Curtiss Museum's A-1"Triad
September 15, 2004 & Sept. 19, 2004
10/09/2004 @ 08:30 [ref: 8415]
 Trafford Doherty, Curtiss Museum
 , NY
Marking the end of a three year effort by our Restoration Shop volunteers, the Curtiss Museum is pleased to announce the completion, and successful flight, of an authentic 1911 Navy A-1 reproduction. This "hydro-aeroplane", now residing in the museum, is presented in the "Triad" configuration, which includes the first retractable landing gear. This feature also makes A-1 the first amphibious aircraft. Our A-1 version is a two-seat trainer with the first "throw-over control yoke" (another Curtiss innovation). This reproduction spans 29.5 feet, has a dry weight of 1274 pounds, and is powered by a 90 HP Curtiss OX-5 engine (of WW1 vintage). Flown successfully in September, 2004 by museum volunteer Jim Poel, the A-1 is a significant and welcome addition to our collection of historic Curtiss aircraft. The A-1 was also our Navy's first aircraft. This, combined with the fact that Glenn Curtiss trained their first pilots, earned him the title of the "Father of Naval Aviation".
09/29/2004 @ 12:35 [ref: 8366]
 Don Kaake
 Angelica, NY, NY
Photos of the replica Triad A-1 in flight, built at the Curtiss Museum in Hammondsport, NY The flight was on Sept. 19, 2004

www.angelica14709.com or


Don Kaake
09/26/2004 @ 21:55 [ref: 8348]


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