The Wright Model HS was an enclosed fuselage aircraft built by the Wright Company[1]

Design and development

The Wright Model HS was marketed as a "Military Flyer" with the improvement of an enclosed fuselage and dual controls.[2] Its wings were shorter than the Model H for increased speed.[3]

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.[4]

Operational history

Howard Reinhart purchased a Wright Model HS for Pancho Villa, who hired him in support of his insurgent force.[5] It was one of three aircraft in his small air force.[6]

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.[7]

Specifications (Wright Model HS)

Data from Flying

General characteristics

  • 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)


  1. ^ "Later Wright Activities". Retrieved 5 January 2012. 
  2. ^ Flying: 2. February 1915.  Missing or empty title= (help)
  3. ^ "Wright Airplane Configuration". Retrieved 5 January 2012. 
  4. ^ "Wright Aircraft". Retrieved 5 January 2012. 
  5. ^ Sterling Seagrave. Soldiers of fortune. p. 28. 
  6. ^ David A. Anderton. The history of the U.S. Air Force. p. 19. 
  7. ^ Flying: 26. December 2003.  Missing or empty title= (help)

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