Curtiss Model D

The 1911 Curtiss Model D (or frequently the Curtiss pusher) was an early United States aircraft of a pusher-prop design with the petrol engine and propeller behind the pilot's seat. The basic aircraft model was among the very first aircraft in the world to be built in any quantity — all of which were produced during this trial and error era of explosive aircraft development and equally important parallel technical development in internal combustion engine technologies.

* 1911 Curtiss Model D Reproduction * 1912 Blèriot XI Reproduction 1
Initial inspection of the Curtiss Model D aircraft at Old Rhinebeck Aerodrome reveals a biplane, deviating from the other flying pioneer designs in the collection, the Bleriot XI and the Hanriot, which sport 2
Curtiss Model D "Pusher" biplane equipped with a 60 hp V-8 engine that gave the aircraft a 50 mph airspeed.3
A 1912 Curtiss Model D pusher, similar to aircraft flown in the Navy’s earliest experiments, is in the Early Flight gallery in the Museum on the Mall.4
plane from the bow of Birmingham and later landed a Curtiss Model D on Pennsylvania on 18 January 1911.5
the first flight of a Curtiss Model D at the Brown County Fair on August 29, 1911, one couldn’t miss the contrast between the spindly flying machine on screen and the sleek jet, 6
1911 Curtiss Model D Pusher claws for air in a trail of blue smoke. The pilot D...7

Made by Curtiss Aeroplane and Motor Company.

The Curtiss Model D pusher was a stock model which could be bought with one of several Curtiss engines; 40, 60 or 75 horsepower.8
Curtiss Model D The Curtiss D was suited to exhibition flying because of its maneuverability and easy disassembly and reassembly for shipment between exhibition locations.9
the Loon with the modification of the Curtiss Model D for water duties. In this configuration, the Model D was fitted with a single canoe decked over with canvas.10
From the same era, a 1911 Curtiss Model D Pusher claws for air in a trail of blue smoke.11
Curtiss Model D Pusher from the deck of the USS Birmingham, which was anchored off the coast of Virginia.12
100 Years Of Naval AviationHe did so in a 60 hp Curtiss Model D, which was constructed from spruce, bamboo and doped linen, and had a maximum speed of 43 knots.13
The 1911 Curtiss Model D (or frequently, "the Curtiss pusher") was an early United States pusher aircraft with the engine and propeller behind the pilot's seat.14
Jet Or Prop
Height Alt
2.39 m
Length Alt
8.92 m
Power Alt
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More Performance
Max Speed Alt
Max Speed Main
50 mph
Type Of Prop
V8 engine
Span Main
Height Main
Primary user
Span Alt
11.66 m
Plane Or Copter?
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Loaded Weight Alt
Loaded Weight Main
Number Of Props
Empty Weight Alt
Length Main
Power Main
60 hp
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Empty Weight Main

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