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Small Businessman: 1924

Small Businessman: 1924

1924. "Probably the smallest plane in the world. Built by Edmund Allen of Wash­ington, D.C., who was formerly test pilot for Army Air Service during the world war. Plane is equipped with 9-horsepower motorcycle engine and weighs only 205 pounds with wingspread of 27 feet. Mr. Allen, in cockpit, flies it often and recently attained height of 1800 feet capable of making 63 mph." View full size.

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That is indeed "the" Eddie Allen, who would eventually perish flight testing the XB-29.

205 Pounds

Not including grease and dirt.

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Edmund T. "Eddie" Allen in his Allen A-4. Famous test pilot, one of the few civilians awarded the Air Medal (posthumously).

SHORPY HISTORICAL PHOTO ARCHIVE | History in HD is a vintage photo archive featuring thousands of high-definition images from the 1850s to 1960s. (Available as fine-art prints from the Shorpy Archive.) The site is named after Shorpy Higginbotham, a teenage coal miner who lived 100 years ago.

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