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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • BUY WAR SAVINGS STAMPS, c. 1918

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.

 

You got it right

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

205 Pounds

Not including grease and dirt.

Most likely

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

 
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