The Wright Model HS was an enclosed fuselage aircraft built by the Wright Company
Design and development
The Wright Model HS was marketed as a "Military Flyer" with the improvement of an enclosed fuselage and dual controls. Its wings were shorter than the Model H for increased speed.
The Model HS was a two place, side-by-side configuration seating, open cockpit, biplane with twin rudders, powered with a single engine, propelled by two chain driven pusher propellers. The engine was fully enclosed in the nose of the aircraft with a driveshaft running rearward to the propeller drive chains.
Howard Reinhart purchased a Wright Model HS for Pancho Villa, who hired him in support of his insurgent force. It was one of three aircraft in his small air force.
In 2003, a Wright propeller matching the Model HS specifications was auctioned for over US$25,000. The construction of the propeller was hand carved wood with a linen covering, metal tips and a custom finish.
Specifications (Wright Model HS)
Data from Flying
- Crew: 1
- Capacity: 1
- Length: 26 ft 6 in (8.08 m)
- Wingspan: 32 ft (9.8 m)
- Height: 9 ft (2.7 m)
- Wing area: 350 sq ft (33 m2)
- Powerplant: 1 × Wright Six Cylnder Water cooled inline piston, 60 hp (45 kW)
- Propellers: 2-bladed, 8 ft 6 in (2.59 m) diameter
- Maximum speed: 61 kn; 113 km/h (70 mph)
- Stall speed: 26 kn; 48 km/h (30 mph)
- Rate of climb: 400 ft/min (2.0 m/s)