REVISED: 3/8/09

Miami SEE Robinson (1929)

Miami Maid

Miami Aircraft Corp (pres: Joseph M Smoot), Miami FL.

  Miami Maid Amphibian [NC619] (Dan Shumaker coll)
  Miami Maid Amphibian (Thomas Norris coll via Dan Shumaker)

Amphibian (possibly MM-200) 1928 or 1929 = 2pOhwMAm with pusher engine; no data. POP: 1 [NC619].

MM-201 Flying Boat 1929 (ATC 2-173) = 5pChwMFb; 230hp Menasco-Salmson B-2 pusher; span: 44'0" length: 33'0" load: 1250# v: 120/100/48 range: 500. L C McCarty. $12,500; ff: 3/26/29 (p: Eddie Niermier). Mahogany and spruce hull from a Curtiss F and an all-plywood Fokker wing. Badly underpowered, it was modified in 1930 under (2-173) with 300hp Wright R-975. [NC178N] c/n A-52.


Michael Miazga, Glenville CT.

B-185 1937 = 1pOB; 18hp Harley-Davidson. POP: [15997].


1994: Micco Aircraft Co (fdr: Chief James Billie; pres: F DeWitt Beckett), Fort Pierce FL. 2001: Operations ended.

  Micco SP20 [N720SP] (Micco)

SP20 1998 (TC MAC145-A) = 2pClwM redesign based on Meyers 145; 200hp Textron Lycoming IO-360-CIE6; span: 29'11" length: 24'2" load: 850# v: 173/150/52 range: 1060 ceiling: 12,000'. $135,000, $150,000 in 2000; POP: 1 prototype [N720SP]. Aerobatic capability. TC approval Jan 2000. Company was unique in being owned by the Seminole Indian Tribe.


1917: Michigan Aircraft Co (fdrs: M, J, & H Taflan), 1130 Wealthy St, Grand Rapids MI. c.1930: 17851 Marx St, Detroit MI. c.1933: 13210 French Rd, Detroit (pres: Miss F A Culver, gen mgr: Charles Dallas). Of interest is that Breese & Dallas (qv) had the same address.

Early news articles show the president as E Jewell Clark and chief engr as Anthony Stadlman. First effort was an "improved" Curtiss Hydro Biplane with OX-5 engines (note plural) as a luxury pleasure transport. Also produced was at least one Military Training Tractor with OX-5, convertable for land or sea. No data was found of either of these.

Michigan Aircraft 1 aka Breese-Dallas X 1933 = 5pClwM; 450hp P&W Wasp C [X12899] c/n 1. A very involved, albeit relatively short, career began with its registration application on 2/13/33 by Breese & Dallas (pres: Vance Breese, secy: Charles Dallas, chief engr: W A Mankey) at the French Rd address; lien was held by Marion M Dallas at Dallas Motor Sales Inc ("New and Used Automobiles and Airplanes"), 8865 Mack Ave, Detroit. In a letter to CAA 6/7/33, Mankey said the plane was Michigan Co Aircraft Model 1. On 3/15/34 it was sold to Select Motor Sales, 3946 Woodward Ave, Detroit, at which Charles Dallas reappeared as secertary-treasurer in applying for an NX license 6/4/34 "for running further testing." On 10/24/34 it was sold to Lambert Aircraft Co at Robertson MO, and was to be known as Lambert Model 1344 with a 500hp P&W Wasp. However, it was to be bought back by Select Motors, but Lambert's Tom Towle said in a letter to CAA 1/28/35, "Deal never consummated." Wait, we're not done yet—the story continues at the Breese-Dallas entry.

TM-5 1930 = 1pChwM; 120hp Dayton Bear. Engine was in a pod mounted atop the cabin. [8409] c/n 1. Reported scrapped and burned 9/3/30, reg cancelled 9/5/30.



1, 2 Mercury 1947 = 2pChwM; 65hp Continental C-65 (model 1); 85hp Continental C-85 (model 2); span: 32'0" v: 105 range: 400. Most likely was a post-war version of Naugle Mercury. Actual production of either cantilever-wing model is speculation—only artist renditions were found.

Midwest Light Plane SEE Todd


No data.

Happy Adventure 2+2 c1992 = ChwMAm; pusher engine. [N92HY] c/n 101.

Miles & Atwood

Leland Miles & Leon Atwood (built by Larry Brown), Los Angeles CA.

  Miles & Atwood Special [R225Y] (Frank Rezich coll)

Special 1933 = 1pClwM; 150hp Menasco C-4 (later 185hp); span: 16'8" (?>21'1") length: 16'9" (?>20'10") v: 263. Larry Brown, Leon Atwood. Racer for the Nationals Miss Tulsa (p: Lee Miles) [N225Y]. 1934 Greve Trophy. Crashed fatally during 1937 qualifying runs after a bracing wire failed and the wing collapsed.


Dale Milford, TX.

Buckaroo 1970 = 2pClwM rg; 145hp Continental O-300-A; no specs found. Hybrid built up from Temco T-35 fuselage and Globe-GC-1 wings. POP: 1 [N77634] c/n 1.

Military Aircraft HM-1 SEE Hawks HM-1

Mill Basin

Mill Basin Aircraft Corp, Brooklyn NY.

Super Gull W-1 1929 = OBFb; Wright J-5. No other data than it was displayed at the 1929 New York Aviation Show. [X440] c/n 5. Accident report of 2/27/29 shows a "J-5 Super Gull" piloted by a William Adcock crash from a "stall after take-off, possibly due to water in hull." Was the "W-1" for a Walden design? SEE Walden-Markey.


C W Miller, Chicago IL.

  C W Miller (Library of Congress)

1910 = Wright copy, no data.


Lestere Miller, Dallas TX.

1911 = 1pOB; Curtiss pusher replica used for exhibition work. POP: 1.


Dewey F Miller, Denver CO.

1926 = 2pOB; 45hp Anzani; span: 28'4" length: 19'4". A salvaged Longren fuselage with new parts from Alexander Aircraft Co (likely the wings), enlarged rudder and folding wings. POP: 1 [5652]; reg cancelled in 1933.


Eugene M Miller, Longmont CO.

M-1 1927 = 1pOM; 90hp Anzani; span: 36'4" length: 25'0". Construction began in 1924. POP: 1 [3772], reported dismantled in 1935.


1927: Miller Aircraft Co, Wichita KS.

1927 = No data located on one plane reportedly built.

Miller Lizette SEE Ludington


A K Miller, Montclair NJ.

1928 = Miller was registered in 1936 as owner of a 1p "Fokker Experimental" monoplane with 90hp Brownback Tiger, [7283] c/n 1300, which makes it the enigmatic 1928 Fokker 13. Miller at the time also had a Heath Parasol, Simplex Red Arrow, Aeromarine Klemm L-26B, and Fairchild KR-32 — was he a collector, a builder, a flight instructor, a dealer, or employed by Fokker?


Henry Miller, Farmington MI.

Special 1928 = 3pOhwM; 120hp Anzani motor; span: 36'0". [X7669] c/n 10, no flight history found. Reg cancelled 8/1/29.


W F Miller, Oneida NY.

1928 = 1pOM with Harley-Davidson motor. [X6774].

Sport 1932 = 1pOM with 25hp Harley-Davidson. [13237].


E Miller, Genesee ID.

B 1929 = Unknown type. [10568].


John Miller Corp, New Brunswick NJ.

MC-A1 1929 = 3pBAm; two Wright J-5A; span: 42'0" length: 33'3". [3130] c/n 1. Damaged beyond repair in a "heavy landing" 1929.


R F Miller, 611 Sampson St, Houston TX.

1930 = Standard J-1 built up from scavenged parts [977N] c/n T-4607. Reg cancelled 1/7/33.


Lewis Miller, Bourbon IN.

Model V 1930 = Home-built, possibly Church kit or plans. 1pOmwM; Heath-Henderson [11343].


Erven A Miller, Milwaukee WI.

1938 = 2pOM; 95hp Cirrus Mk III. Registered to Erven (misspelled "Irven") Miller and Lester Sell [18239].

2 1933 = 2pOmwM; 100hp Kinner. A 1p version appears in registers as a racer, perhaps a modification of this model [12990].

M-5 Belly Flopper 1946 = 1pClwM; two 40hp Continental; span: 28'0". Pilot flew in a prone position. POP: 1 [N29113].

M-6 Twin c.1957 = 3pChwM; two 65hp Lycoming O-145-B2. A much-modified Piper J-5 Cruiser with engines mounted on the wing leading edges. Fuselage nose was fitted with a streamlined fairing and ends of the wings squared. [N9074C].


1936: (Howell W) Miller Aviation Corp, Springfield MA. 1938: Merger with Tri-American Aviation (Leigh Wade & Edward Connerton), aka Military Aviation Co, Springfield. 1939: Subcontractor for Aerovel Corp (A E Archbold, Harold Moon), Springfield. 1939: Subcontractor for Summit Aeronautical Corp (Westfield Aircraft Co), Westfield MA. 1940: Miller to P&W Corp as research engr.

  Miller HM-1 [NX2491] (Frank Rezich coll)

HM-1, HM-2 (MAC-1) 1938 = Hawks HM-1 [NR1313] converted to 2p with 900hp P&W Twin Wasp; span: 31'0" length: 23'6" load: 1970# v: 275/340/x; ff: 8/23/38 (p: Leigh Wade). Howell Miller. POP: 1 Time Flies reregistered as [NX/NR2491]. Offered to the military for evaluation as a fighter plane, it was rejected mainly because of its wooden wings. Flew to fourth place in the 1938 Thompson race, but destroyed in further flight testing when it began breaking up during violent maneuvers; pilot Earl Ortman bailed out.

HM-3 - Reputed to be a drawing-board project only.

  Miller HM-4 [NX370H] (George H Stuebing coll)

HM-4 Aerovel aka Moonship (Aerovel Corp) 1939 = 4pClwM rg; two 125hp Menasco C-4 pushers; span: 38'0" length: 26'0" v: 170/150/x. Planned as a feeder airliner and crew trainer. Vidal resin-coated plywood over steel-tube fuselage; tricycle gear. POP: 1 [NX370H]. Failed to attract buyers and was eventually donated to a trades school.

HM-5 SEE Summit HM-5.

  Miller Zeta [NX1331] (Tom Heitzman coll)

Z-1, Z-2, Z-3 Zeta 1937 = 2pO-ClwM; 95hp Menasco B-4; span: 30'0" length: 21'8" load: 625# v: 125/110/x range: 555. Howell Miller; ff: 12/11/37 (p: Mark Granville). Side-by-side cockpit. POP: 1 [X1331]. Repowered with 125hp Menasco C-4 as Z-2 (v: 140/127/x range: 575), and 150hp Menasco C-4S as Z-3 (load: 675# v: 160/140/x range: 600).

Zeta stuff from the auction of Romaine Lambert's estate. He stored the Zeta for Mark Granville during WW2 and, when Mark tried to get it back, he wanted a hefty, unaffordable storage fee! It's now in the Springfield Science Museum (MA). (— Tom Heitzman 9/2/06)


James W Miller, Springfield MA. c.1949: Milwaukee WI. c.196?: W Miller Aviation Inc, San Antonio TX. c.198?: Miller Air Sports Inc, Boerne TX.

GEM-260 1984 = 2pCmwM; 100hp Continental O-200 pusher; span: 14'1" load: (normal) 212# (max) 315# v: 250/180/70 (?>270/235/75). Pusher prop in the tail; engine buried in the rear fuselage. [N177M], crashed fatally on 11/1/84 at Martindale TX in testing a three-blade prop at higher rpms.

Jet Profile Twin Comanche 200 1970 = 4pClwM rg, two 200hp Lycoming IO-360-C1C; v: 230/220/111. Conversion of Piper Twin Comanche. [N7297X (or Y)].

JM-1 1959 = 1pCmwM; 85hp Continental C-85; span: 14'1" load: (normal) 212# (max) 315# v: 250/180/70. Midget racer Ole Tiger, rebuilt from Special. [N74J], mismarked for a while as [N14J].

  Miller JM-2 [N74M]

JM-2 c.1973 = 1pCmwM; 100hp Continental O-200-B pusher; span: 15'0" length: 19'0" load: 470# v: 235/200/74 range: 400. Very radical design with a shrouded prop in the tail, with parts of the circular shroud functioning as elevator and rudder. [N74M].

  Miller Special Little Gem [N5623N] (K O Eckland coll)

Special 1949 = 1pCmwM; 85hp Continental C-85; span: 15'0" length: 17'0". Midget racer Little Gem (p: Jim Miller) [N5623N], with shortened Luscombe wings. Damaged in a crash and rebuilt as JM-1.


Paul K Miller, Los Angeles CA.

M-1 1960 = 1pOhwM; 37hp Continental A-40-3; span: 25'8" (7'6" with wings folded) length: 16'5" load: 252# v: 90/80/x range: 200; ff: 5/1/60. Reported 65hp Continental later installed.


1964: International Aircraft Mfg Inc (Inter-Air), location inknown. 1966: Reorganization as Bellanca Sales subsidiary of Miller Flying Service.

260A 1964 (ATC 143) = Continuation of tri-gear Bellanca 14-19 upon acquisition of rights from Downer Aircraft; SEE Downer for specs and data. POP: unknown.


Ray Miller, Tulsa OK.

Special aka Fly Rod c.1965 = 1pCmwM; 150hp Lycoming; v: 180/160/65. Speed was expected to increase with a more suitable prop. [N566R].


c.1969: William Y Miller, Allentown PA, and W Terry Miller, Furlong PA. c.197?: William Y Miller, Mesa AZ.

WM-2 aka Sport Plane 1972 = 1pClwM rg; 65hp Continental A-65-8F; span: 40'0" length: 20'0" load 275# v: 142/126/45; ff: 8/x/72. POP: 1 prototype [N24832] and 2 by home-builders early 1982.


Guy Miller & Guy Ybarra, Pittsburgh PA.

Model 1 1929 = 6pCM; 160hp Salmson Z-9, later 220hp Wright J-5; span: 49'6" length: 31'6"; ff: 5/15/29 at Bettis Field. [867E] c/n 1; reg cancelled 6/27/34.


William Milliken Jr, Old Town ME.


M-1 1933 = 1pOhwM; 4-cyl Henderson motorcycle engine; span: 25'0" v: 65/x/35; ff: 9/5/33 at Old Orchard Beach ME.

Design and construction by high-school student Milliken began in 1927. Acquired for display by Owls Head Transportation Museum. (— Jeff Larson 6/18/03.)


Frank Mills, South Beach, Staten Island NY.

c.1915 = Several biplanes are known to have been built by Mills around this time, with one report that "his planes flew nicely," but lack documentation or description. He died in the crash of the Christmas prototype when its wings failed in flight-testing on 12/30/18 (?>1/14/19).


Vacu-Aerial Navigation & Mfg Co (Dr Rudolph Sylvester?), Milwaukee WI.

Model 1 1907 = No data. Entrant in Flying Machine events at 1907 Intl Aeronautic Tournament at St Louis MO (10/21-24/07).


Sport 1934 = No data. [629].


Richard Minges, no location.

M-30 Special c.1970 = 1pCmwM; 100hp Continental O-200; span: 17'6" length: 15'6" v: 230. Formula 1 racer Ol' Blue [N97RM].


Mini-Hawk Intl (Thomas E Maloney, William B Taylor, E Y Treffinger), Santa Monica CA.

Mini-Hawk I c.1972 = 1pClwM; 65hp Revmaster 1831D; span: 18'4" length: 13'6" load: 300# v: 140/125/55-60. [N6170].

Tiger-Hawk 1974 = 1pClwM; 72hp Revmaster 1831D; span: 18'0" length: 13'3" load: 275# v: 200/160/62. [N6290].

Mini-IMP SEE Taylor IMP

Minx Capon SEE AMA


Mirage Aircraft Inc (pres: Larry Burton), Klamath Falls OR.

Celerity 1985 = 2pClwM rg; 160hp Textron Lycoming O-320-B1A; span: 23'10" length: 21'6" load: 656# v: 220/205/86; ff: 5/18/85. [N5104X].

Mississippi State University

Mississippi State University, Raspet Flight Research Laboratory, Starkville MS.

  MSU XAZ-1 [62-12147] (MSU via Jos Heyman)

AZ-1 aka MA-18B Marvelette 1962 = 1pChwM; 90hp Continental C-90-12F pusher; span: 26'2" length: 28'5" v: 125; ff: 11/16/62. Research aircraft to study the aspects of boundary layer control by means of a variable-camber fiberglass wing incorporating a perforated surface and suction pumps. Program managed by MSU, the aircraft was modified from an Anderson Greenwood AG-14 by Parsons Corp (Traverse City MI), but was completed at MSU after a fire destroyed the Parsons plant. POP: 1 as XAZ-1 [62-12147], contracted by the Army, made 16 flights until 1964, then was scrapped. MSU's research program continued with XV-11A.

There is no evidence to suggest that the aircraft received a post-Sept 1962 designation in the tri-service designation system, and until 1990 the usual reference sources have omitted this designation. (— Jos Heyman 11/12/01)

  MSU XV-11A [N2768Q] (MSU)

  MSU XV-11A in 1990 [N2768Q] (M Heyman)

V-11, V-11A Marvel 1965 = STOL experiments. 2pChwM; 317hp Allison T63-A pusher; span: 26'3" length: 23'4" load: 662# v: 225/184/x range: 265 ceiling: 15,000'. One of the first all-fiberglass aircraft. Shrouded, tail-mounted prop; perforated wing surfaces for continued experiments in variable-camber and boundary-layer control technologies came with an Army contract in 1965 as Parsons XV-11A [65-13070] (contractor Parsons Corp). Tandem wheels in small pontoons were later used for amphibious experiments. Returned to MSU in 1969, it was extensively modified in 1982 using new composite materials, registered as [N2768Q].

X-30 (Convair) c.1985 - Hypersonic test vehicle for National AeroSpace Plane (NASP) project was canceled after a 50-ft mock-up was built by engineering students of the college. Competing for the potential contract were Boeing, Lockheed, McDonnell Douglas, and Rockwell Intl.

-Honda MH-01 199? = New all-composite wing added to a Beech Bonanza. Joint project between Honda Co R&D and MSU's Raspet Flight Research Laboratory to develop composite manufacturing techniques.

  MSU-Honda MH-02 [N3079N] (MSU)

-Honda MH-02 1993 = Two 1323# P&WC JT15D turbofans; span: 36'11" length: 40'2". Joint project between Honda R&D and MSU's Raspet to design, fabricate, and test a small jet research aircraft.

M I T SEE Massachusetts


Charles R Mitchell, San Diego CA.

1911 = No data found for this US patent #1,005,272 of 10/10/11 for a "hydro-aeroplane."


Mitchell Aircraft Corp, Porterville CA.

  Mitchell Howard U-2 [N8020S] (Mitchell)

Howard U-2 1980 = 1pCmwM ultralight flying wing; rear-mounted 20hp Honda pusher engine (later McCulloch O-100); span: 34'0"; v: 95. Gross wt: 430#; bubble canopy. Designed by old-time traditional glider designer Don Mitchell as one of the few successful flying wings built for private use [N8020] c/n M-101. E T Wooldridge described: "It featured unique 'handling stabilators' which provided both lateral and pitch control. Shaped like upside-down airfoils, the control surfaces were attached below the trailing edge of the wing. There they acted as separate aerodynamic surfaces, rather than as hinged portions of the wing itself, providing exceptional stability and control." U-2 was preceded by several flying-wing hang gliders with the pilot suspended below the wing; some were motorized, such as a B-10 sold in kit form.


Grover Mitchell, Manchester CT.

Kitalina 1970 = 1pOhwMFb; 75hp Continental C-85-FHJ; v: x/85/50; ff: 8/13/70 (p: Mitchell).

Mizar SEE A V E


Arthur "Bert" Mix, Chicago IL.

  Mix Flying Arrow 1920 (Aviation via Joe Martin)
  Mix Flying Arrow Modified nose; 1924 (Dan Shumaker coll)

Flying Arrow 1920 = 1pOB; 15.2hp Indian (also 18hp Harley-Davidson); span: 12'0" v: 75. Gross wt: 360#. A straight reduction in linear dimensions from a "grown-up" airplane resulted in this diminutive home-built at a time when there was little knowledge about the relativity of wing spans to climbing power. Aspect ratio was understandably small with 84-sqft wings; tails were made from single sheets of plywood. Entered in 1924 Dayton Air Races, identified as Hummer, but did not compete.


Cecil I Mize, Anchorage AK.

c.1930 = Pietenpol Air Camper with Velie engine. [12733] c/n 1.

This was the first aircraft built in Alaska. (— John M Jarratt 9/13/01)


1927: Mohawk Aero Corp (pres: Leon A Dahlem), 2639 Delaware St SE, Minneapolis MN. 1928: Mohawk Aircraft Corp. 1930: Bankruptcy, acquired by R R Rand Jr.

Cabin 1929 = 3pClwM; 75hp Michigan Rover; span: 44'0" length: 26'0" load: 600# v: 105/90/x. John D Ackerman.

  Mohawk M1C-K Pinto [67N] (Lesley Forden coll)

M1C-K Pinto, Redskin 1929 (ATC 263) = 3pO/ClwM; 100hp Kinner K-5 (150hp Wright optional); span: 34'11" length: 24'2" load: 658# v: 115/98/40 range: 475. $5,300, $4,800 in 1930; POP: 5 [NC67N, NC180N, NC297V, NC319V, NC585V], of which 1 modified for AAC as XPT-7; [NC180N] also shows in registers as M1C-W, for its engine change. Redskin was enclosed cockpit version. Also seen as Rand M-1-CK after 1930, but Rand production is doubtful and was probably acquired stock.

M1C-W Spurwing, Redskin 1930 (ATC 297) = 2pOlwM; 110hp Warner Scarab; span: 34'11" length: 24'0" load: 705# v: 140/119/37 range: 500. Wallace "Chet" Cummings, John D Ackerman. $5,100, $4,995 in 1931; POP: 3 [NC180N, NC555E/556E], the first repowered from M1C-K. Redskin was enclosed cockpit version.

  Mohawk M2-C 3-view (Aero Digest)

M2-C 1930 = 2pClwM; two 55hp Michigan Rover; span: 44'0" length: 26'0" load: 600# v: 105/90/x. POP: 1 experimental light twin [X590E].

  Mohawk MLV [10021] (Joseph Juptner coll)

MLV Pinto 1928 (ATC 95) = 2pOlwM; 55hp Velie M-5; span: 30'6" length: 20'2" load: 474# v: 102/89/38 range: 400. W C Cummings. $2,875; POP: ??. Tandem cockpits. Prototype, powered by 60hp Detroit Air Cat, had a single, side-by-side cockpit. Also tried with 60hp Anzani, 85hp Cirrus Mk III [C327E] and 60hp LeBlond 5D.

  Mohawk XPT-7 [30-371] (National Archives)

PT-7 1930 = Army trial copy of M1C-K with 110hp Kinner R-370; span: 34'9" length: 24'5" v: 109/85/54 ceiling: 12,100'. POP: 1 as YPT-7 [30-371].


W H Mohlar/Seattle Aeromotive Corp, Seattle WA.

HM-4 1930 = 6pCM; Wright J-6 or P&W Wasp; span: 42'0" length: 27'5". No other data, but a squib in 2/8/30 Aviation said work had begun on a plane in which "Capt Mohlar would make his Seattle-Tokyo flight" [NX214M] — apparently never finished. This must be the same fellow connected with the enigmatic Liberty Bell, same designer (also seen as M A Mohar), similar model designation, but a different type in a different state two years later... the plot thickens.

Info found as "being built for a Seattle-Tokyo flight as of 8/9/29;" applications for both Hornet and Wright. It seems it was never completed, as was usual for Mr Mohlar. Reg cancelled 11/1/30. (— John M Jarratt 7/20/02)


Mid-1927: (Leo) Mohme Aero Engr Corp, 108 Church St, New Brunswick NJ. Nov 1927: Bankruptcy. 1928: Leo Mohme & John Van Pomer, 307 Burnett St, New Brunswick NJ. July 1928: Assets sold to United States Aircraft Co.

A-1, -2, -3 aka Super-Monoplane 1927 = 1pOhwM; 200hp Wright J-5C; span: 38'0" length: 26'1" load: 1100# v: 145/x/50 range: 850. Leo Mohme. Plywood-clad parasol wing with Warren-truss ribs. POP: 3 [1482/1484] c/ns 3, 2, and 1 respectively, for NYC-Spokane Air Derby. Basic design went into Air-istocrat SP-7 (qv).

MVP Sport A 1928 = OhwM; 35hp Anzani; span: 25'6" length: 17'6" load: 309#. POP: 1 [X4590] c/n 1; license cancelled 9/9/30.


Fred Mohr, Riceville IA.

1928 = 2pOM; 80hp LeRhône, replaced by Anzani 6A-3; span: 32'0" length: 22'6". Modified from a war-surplus SPAD fuselage and landing gear. POP: 1 [5338] c/n 1.


Chris Moinicken, Webster and Aberdeen SD.

1924 = 3pOB; 150hp Wright-Hisso A, later replaced by 140hp Sturtevant V-8 with two radiators; span: 32'0" length: 24'6". Sturdy two-bay biplane, a heavily-modified Curtiss JN-4, built for banker Chester J Wage [2618] c/n 5 and sold to him on 9/10/24. Described in one account as "a very promising design with brilliant performance." Purchased 4/16/28 by Ole Fahlin and Axel "Ruff" Swanson for use as a Midwest barnstormer, but sold instead to Albert Schramm on 4/23/28 (for a quick $300 profit!); next to Dan Carver on 8/11/28. Dismantled and reg cancelled 5/28/30.

Moles & Kerr

Howard R Moles & Jhn A Kerr, Kenmore NY.

1931 = 2pOM; Curtiss K-6. POP: 1 [781Y] c/n 1.


1964: (Paul) Moller Aircraft Co, Davis CA. 1969: Discojet Corp. 1983: Moller International.

M-150 Skycar 1997 = 1p VTOL with 65hp Wankel-type rotary; width: 8'0" length: 12'0" load: 290# v: 375/335/0 range: (gasoline) 450 (gasohol) 675. Using a principle similar to that of the British Harrier jump-jet, the Moller "volantor" incorporated a patented (1992) thrust-deflection vane system that redirected thrust, enabling it to hover or to take-off and land vertically from most any surface. Engine wt: about 45#. POP: 1 prototype.

M-200X Skycar 1989 = 2p proof-of-concept prototype made 150+ successful test flights. Dr Paul Moller.

  Moller M-400 [N7164J] (Moller)

M-400 Skycar 2000 = 4p evolution of M-200X with two 65hp OMC (single-rotor development of Outboard Marine Corp rotary engine from purchased technology in 1985); width: 9'0" length: 18'0" v: 390/350/0 range: 750 ceiling: 30,000'. Max rate of climb: 7,800 fpm. Included an emergency plane-parachute, and its "airport" was a 35' diameter circle. US patent #5,115,996 of 5/26/92. POP: 1 prototype [N7164J].

XM-2 1967 = 1p VTOL "flying saucer" with McCullough drone motor employing rotating peripheral vanes for lift.

XM-3 1968 - 2p evolution of XM-2 with eight McCullough go-kart motors. Acquired sponsorship from University of CA at Davis in 1966; first patent #3,410,507 on 11/12/68. First flight in ground-effect only, 1968.

XM-4 19?? - No data.


Ernest Mollo & Emil Imoden, Napa CA.

1936 = 2pOB; 60hp LeBlond 5D. Built by Frank M Corbit, Sebastapol CA. [12772] c/n 1; sold in 1938, reg cancelled 71//39.


1927: Monarch Aircraft Corp (fdrs: Frank Stahle & Arthur W Roza), 94 Ogden Ave, Riverside IL. 1929: Monarch Aircraft Industry, Rockford IL.

A 1930 (ATC 2-144) = 3pOB; 90hp Curtiss OX-5. POP: 8 [4987, NC112N, NC357V/358V, et al] c/ns 1, 6, 7, and 8 respectively. (2-144) for gross weight adjustment for the last three.

Commercial, Light Commercial 1928 = 3pOB; 90hp Curtiss OX-5; span: 32'0" length: 22'6" load: 500# v: 103/90/36 range: 500. Joseph P Bauer, L G Felderman. $3,200, $2,250 less motor; POP: 5 or 6 [296, 396, 723K, 7661, 7776]; some of these show up as models after their c/n, as Monarch 2, etc. When the Depression forced its closure late in 1929, the designers left the company to form Franklin Aircraft Co.


1929: Monarch Aircraft Co (Charles F Spaulding & W F Turner), Newton KS.

1929 = No data found and no proof of company's existence; likely was a "paper" organization only.


Monarch Aero Products, Cleveland OH.

F-130-2 1941 = 3pClwM rg; two 130hp Franklin 6AC; span: 34'0" length: 27'0" load: 1082# v: 150/135/65 range: 450. A photo of this clumsy-looking (for the time) twin-tail, twin-engine design is deceptive—it looked like it should hold a dozen passengers within its multi-windowed sides.


Ralph E Mong, Tulsa OK.

  Mong Mongster at Reno [N33Z] (Jim Larsen)

Mongster 197? = 1pOB racer. No data.

Mongster was a highly-modified Mong Sport. Tom Aberly and Dallas Christian built two similar planes for Reno—Tom's was Race #25 Two Bits. This pic is before I owned the Christian plane, which I raced at Reno from '80 to '82. It was sold to Mick Richardson in Tucson, who raced it for one year then sold it to someone in San Jose. As of now, I don't believe it has flown since. (— Dave Morss 1/5/04)

Sport 1953 = 1pOlwM; 65hp Continental C-65; span: 16'10" length: 13'8" (?>14'1") load: 210# v: 125/105/55 range: 200. Popular kit aircraft among home-builders. Original ribs were made from silver-soldered welding rods!


(John T) Monnett Experimental Aircraft Inc, Elgin IL. 1981: Oshkosh WI. 1985: Acquired by Innovative Aviation Ltd, which ended business within a year.

Monex 1980 = 1pClwM; 80hp Aero-Vee (VW) 2180cc; span: 16'8" length: 15'2" load: 270# v: 250/x/52; ff: 9/30/80. [N82MX].

Moni 1981 = Powered sailplane. 1pClwM; 22hp KFM 107; span: 27'6" length: 14'8" v: 120; ff: 7/x/81. Empty wt: 260#; glide ratio: 20:1. POP: reportedly about 380 kits 1982-86; [N107MX] was prototype.

Sonerai I 1971 = Formula V racer. 1pCmwM; 50hp VW-1600; span: 16'8" length: 16'8" load: 260# v: 160/150/40 range: 300; ff: 7/20/71 (p: Monnett). Plans and kits marketed to home-builders. POP: more than 100 under construction by 1975.

Sonerai II 1973 = 2pCmwM; 65-70hp VW 1700cc; span: 18'8" length: 18'10" load: 419# v: 160/140/44; ff: 7/23/73. [N2MX].

Sonerai II-L, -LT 1980 = 2pClwM; 80hp Aero-Vee 2180cc; load: 450#, v: 175/155/44; ff: 6/x/82 [N12MX]. Modified with tricycle gear c.1983 as II-LT.

Mono, Monocoupe


Mono-Van Aircraft Inc (pres: Eber H Van Valkenburg), 1202 Prospect Ave, Toledo and Fremont OH. 19??: Bowling Green OH.

M-2 1931 = 2pCM; 85hp ACE Mark III. E H Van Valkenburg. [11148] c/n 34-A. Built 1/12/31; CAA license issued 2/17/31, cancelled on expiration 7/1/40. Ultimate fate unknown, but its track included Irving Swedler (dba Toledo Aircraft Repair & Salvage) 4/23/36; O Burggraf, Marion OH 11/9/35 (36?), reporting a 100hp static LeRhône 6/7/39; Leon Parish, Marion OH 12/11/43.

M-V-1 1929 = 4pCM; 300hp Wright J-6. [1091]. Forced landing 5/18/29 with repairable damage (p: Don R Woods); forced landing 2/x/30 as "wash-out, torn up and burned two days later." License cancelled 3/28/30.


(Robert) Monsted-(H Farley) Vincent, New Orleans LA.

  Monsted-Vincent Star Flight [X77770] (Dan Shumaker coll)
  Monsted-Vincent Star Flight Wind victim [X77770] (Dan Shumaker coll)

Star Flight 1948 = 5pChwM rg; four 85hp Continental C-85 pusher; span: 48'5" length: 34'6" load: 1800# v: x/145/65 range: 1200; ff: 10/1/48. Art Turner. All-metal; looked like a scaled-down B-36 bomber. POP: 1 [X77770]. The best parts of the only four-motor plane ever built in Louisiana were still in existence in 1992 at Wedell-Williams Museum in Patterson LA.


William Montagne, San Ramon CA.

Mach Buster 1988 = 2pChwM; 2100hp pusher Oldsmobile; span: 14'4" length: 34'0" v (est): 950. Gross wt: 2,500#. Of all optimists in aviation history, Montagne must be one of the most prominent. A pure amateur, he designed and partly built a prop-driven airplane meant to be the first to exceed the speed of sound, powered by a drag-racer engine modified by Montagne himself. The 80% finished airframe was exhibited at Oshkosh in 1988, but its creator ran out of money and it was offered at an auction in 1990. No buyer, however, was attracted by this golden opportunity.


1926: Marshall Airplane Company, Marshall MO. Later 1926: (M L) Montague Monoplane Company, Kansas City KS. Even later 1926: Bankruptcy.

Monoplane 1926 = 3pChwM; 90hp Curtiss OX-5. Designed by Al Mooney, and as his second design, it was sometimes called M-2. POP: 1 [4431].


Montana Coyote Inc, Helena MT.

Coyote 1991 = 2pChwM; 125hp Honda Prelude. POP: 1 prototype for Mountain Eagle.

Mountain Eagle 1994 = 2pChwM; 150hp Textron Lycoming O-320; span: 37'0" length: 25'0" load: 900# v: 125/105/35.


Monte-Copter Inc (fdr: Maurice L Ramme), Seattle WA.

10-A 1957 = Experimental 1pOH; Lycoming VO-435. Compressed air driven up the rotor shaft and out to nozzles at the blade ends. Single tail boom with twin tail.

12 1958 = Experimental 1pCH; two 160hp Continental/Palouste 140 gas turbines on outriggers; rotor: 32'0". Rotor driven by pressure jet system. [N68P].

  Monte-Copter 15 [N69P] (Aero Digest)

15 Tri-phibian 1960 = 3pCHAm; Continental-Palouste 141 gas turbine; rotor: 36'0" span: 9'0" length: 15'3" load: 768# (?>790#) v: 95/80/0 range: 180 ceiling: 15,000'. Cold-cycle, pressure-jet rotor drive system; engine mounted in the aft fuselage provided 80# residual thrust for taxiing at 10mph on land or water without the rotor turning. [N69P].


Kenneth W Montee, Los Angeles and Redlands CA. 1925: Montee Aircraft Co, Santa Monica CA.

  Ken Montee and passenger in Standard J-1 (TYKnL coll)
  Montee Unidentified model (Paul Cheseborough)

1921-1926 = No accurate record was kept of Montee's production, but he is one of aviation's unheralded geniuses, responsible for the design and construction of perhaps a dozen successful competition and commercial planes, as well as many innovative modifications of surplus aircraft (eg: hwM conversion of Curtiss JN-4 with Fokker C-4 wing). With a father, who learned to fly at age 60, and two brothers he performed in their aerial exhibition group, "The Los Angeles Flying Circus," competed in national air races, flew for motion pictures, was a flying instructor for Cecil B deMille's Mercury Airlines, and kept current in the Army Reserve as a pilot. His death from scarlet fever in Dec 1926 at age 29 makes one wonder how famous he might have become. [3345, 5782, et al].

1921 = 1pOmwM racer; inline engine.

Dragonfly c.1924 = 2pOmwM; 90hp Curtiss OX-5. Used in local competitions. Developed from Montee's earlier single-place model, of which there are photos showing several variations in wings and empennage as a continuing design experiment, possibly representing several aircraft.

MR-1 aka Silver Mosquito 1925 = 4pOhwM; 125hp Hall-Scott L-4; span: 40'0" length: 26'4" load: 1000# v: 110/90/32 range: 300. Basis was Curtiss JN-4C fuselage and tail components; semi-cantilever wing. POP: 1 for 1925 On-To-New York race, in which it placed second (p: Eldred L Remelin, the "R" in the model designation).

N-2 SEE Thornton N-2.

Special c.1925 = 2pOB, 90hp Curtiss OX-5.


John J Montgomery, Santa Clara CA.

  Montgomery (

Double Monoplane 1905 = 1pOmwM; 6hp ??; span: 26'0" v: 30+. Professor Montgomery's foray into powered flight was a powered version of his ingenious balloon-launched glider, a craft designed on scientific aeronautical principles more than any other aircraft of the time (1906 US patent #831,173); ff, as a glider: 4/29/05 (p: Daniel Maloney). Montgomery's experiments with gliders began in 1884 and he held the little-known honor of designing and flying the first controllable, manned glider—nearly two decades before the Wrights.

This was actually a tandem-wing craft and was conceived of in 1895, first experimented with in small scale in 1896, eventually experimented in full scale in 1904 and on numerous occasions throughout 1905 and 1906. Based on various newspaper accounts, eyewitnesses, and various articles in Scientific American, Motor Magazine, and Popular Mechanics of 1905, the craft demonstrated repeatedly a very high degree of controllability and balance throughout. (— Craig S Harwood, Montgomery Family Historian 6/29/04)


Aerial Navigation & Promotion Co (pres: Samuel Montgomery), Stockton CA.

Spider Flying Machine 1910 - no data found.

During 1910, just seven years after the invention of the airplane by the Wright brothers, Sam Montgomery of Stockton was selling stock and promoting his "helicopter-like" Spider Flying Machine. (— Roy Mize 7/24/04)


SEE ALSO Belmont, Glenmont

John G Montijo, 2322 Elm St, Long Beach CA.

1924 = 2pCB; Hall-Scott L-6. Rebuilt at Bert Kinner's Glendale hangar by Montijo, Lloyd Royer, and Ben Barton with parts from an Italian Ballila and the Dayton-Wright OW-1 (Orville Wright's converted DH-4). Sold to a local car dealer, who kept it at Long Beach airport until in disappeared in the fog of time.



SEE ALSO Fleetcraft

A 1929 = 1pOB; 90hp Lambert; span: 27'6". Arrow Sport look-alike (Moore was an engineer with Arrow Aircraft Corp); side-by-side cockpit. POP: 2 [X23M, X663W].


Broadway NY (?); likely NYC.

Monoplane 1910 = Unknown type; 30hp Harriman.


(G E) Moreland Aircraft Inc, Mines Field, El Segundo CA.

  Moreland M-1 [NC805M] (Frank Rezich coll)
  Moreland M-1 [X273E] (National Archives)

M-1 Parasol 1929 (ATC 241) = 2pOhwM; 220hp Wright J-5; span: 39'0" length: 28'6" load: 1020# v: 130/110/50 range: 550. G E Moreland, Orrin Moe. $10,750; POP: 4 [X/NR273E, NC805M, NC865M, x].

MT-101 1929 = 2pOhwM; 90hp Kinner K-5; span: 33'0" length: 23'5" load: 592# v: 105/90/46 range: 600. POP: 1.

S-3 1929 = 4pChwM; Wright J-6. POP: 1 prototype for a planned series that never made it [X882K].


Morgan Aircraft, no location.

Bushmaster II 1985 = 2pOhwM; 50hp Rotax 503; span: 30'0" length: 19'0" load: 350# v: 90/68/x.


Kenneth G Morris, no location.

KM-II Spare Parts c.1966 = No data. [N73867]


1929: Roy Morris Aircraft Co, Topeka KS. 1930: Ended operations.

Dove 1929 = 1pOM, no other data. POP: 1 [370H]. Company was bankrupt by Jan 1930 and the plane "was sold," likely destroyed or cancelled by 1939 as that was when its reg was taken by Miller Aerovel.


(William J) Morrisey Aircraft Co, Long Beach & Santa Ana CA. 1959: (Clifford) Shinn Aircraft Co, Santa Ana CA. c.1982: The Morrisey Co, San Luis Rey CA. 1984: Morrisey Aircraft Co, Las Vegas NV. 198?: Kingman AZ.

1000C Nifty 1949 = 2pClwM; 90hp Continental C-90; span: 29'0" length: 20'0" load: 520# v: 125/110/40 range: 325. Plywood and fabric wing. Tandem cockpits with greenhouse canopy, tricycle gear. $2,695±; POP: 1 prototype [N5000N]. Revised as 2000; evolved into 150hp Shinn 2150A and Varga Kachina. Reborn in kit form under its original name in the late 1980s. Name also appears as Morrissey.

  Morrisey 2000C (K O Eckland)

2000C 1955 = Upgraded 1000C. 2pClwM; 115hp Lycoming O-235C-1 or 90hp Continental C-90-14F; load: 575# v: 132/125/47 ceiling: 16,000'. Metal wing, metal monocoque rear fuselage. Later with 100hp Continental and 115hp Lycoming during certification.

  Morrisey 2150 (Ron Dupas)

2150 1958 (4A19) = As previous with 150hp Lycoming O-320; span: 30'0" length: 21'3" v: 148/135/52 range: 525 ceiling: 22,500'. $8,425; POP: 10.

Bravo I Primary aka OM-1 1981 = 1pClwM; 150hp Lycoming O-320; ff: 6/30/81. [N124BM], modified as Bravo II.

Bravo II aka MO-1-2 1982 = 2pClwM; 150hp Lycoming O-320; span: 26'5" length: 21'6" load: 735# v: x/142/57. [N124BM].


(Sylvanus S) Morrison Automatic Flying Machine Mfg Co. Cincinnati OH.

1910 = No data.


Everett T Morrissette, Somers CT.

Mosquito 1957 = 1pOH; 2-cycle 40hp Mercury; main rotor: 18'0" tail rotor: 32". Empty wt: 200#. Folded-down, it measured 2'x2'x10'.

Morrow (1930) SEE Dye-Morrow


(Howard B) Morrow Aircraft Corp, San Bernardino CA.

  Morrow 1-L [NX33661] (1941 Aero Digest)

1-L Victory Trainer 1941 (ATC 2-568) = 2pClwM rg; 175hp Lycoming O-435A; span: 30'4" length: 25'4" v: 165/145/55 range: 1000 ceiling: 17,500'. Empty wt: 1656#. Edgar Schmued (of P-51 fame). Bonded plywood construction; canopied tandem cockpits. POP: 1 prototype [NX33661].


Allen Morse, 3337 Pincrest Rd, Indianapolis IN.

1935 = 2pOB; Wright J-6. Aluminum monocoque fuselage, fabric-covered wings. Reportedly was in use as a cropduster in Florida as late as the 1960s. Little else was found about two creations of Morse, who also worked for Granville Bros on the Gee Bees.

Comet 1925 = 1pOhwM; Comet engine(?).

Mortensen SEE Rutan


Morton Brothers Airplanes, Omaha and McCook NB.

  Morton Nightingale [4621]

Nightingale c.1927 = 2pCB; 90hp Curtiss OX-5. POP: 2 [4621, 6668]. A ChwM version was reportely built in the late 1930s. Two biplanes appearing in registers as McCook Commercial were most likely from the Mortons, operating as McCook Aircraft Corp, and the entry that follows sounds like a later related operation. The brothers would, however, become better known for their manufacture of the classic, five-cylinder radial Morton M-5 model aircraft engine.


Aviation Industries Inc, Omaha NB.

Morton f.s.b. 1940 = 2pChwM; 80hp Continental; span: 30'6" length: 18'6" load: 650# v: 150/130/50 range: 700 ceiling: 15,000'. $2475. POP: 1 [NX21947]. A company ad translated the modest lower-case initials as "fast, safe, beautiful."


Mosler Motors Inc, Hendersonville NC.

N3 Pup 1984 = 1pChwM; 35hp Mosler MM; span: 30'0" length: 16'8" load: 287# v: 63/58/25.

N3-2 1988 = 2pChwM. [N5178D].


1929: Moth Aircraft Corp, Lowell MA. 1930: Acquired by Curtiss-Wright Corp; manufacturing rights assigned to Curtiss-Robertson, St Louis MO.

NOTE: While these were most often referred to as "American Moths" by virtue of their new birthplace, they were not related to the other company using that specific name (qv).

60-GM 1929 (ATC 197, 2-115) = 2pOB; 85hp British Gipsy; span: 30'0" length: 23'11" load: 623# v: 102/85/40 range: 360 ceiling: 16,000'. Built under license from de Havilland Great Britain. $4,500; POP: 120. (2-115) superseded by (197).

60-GMW 1930 (ATC 197) = 90hp Wright-Gypsy; load: 605# v: 105/88/40. Twin-floats option. POP: 20 [NC713M/717M, NC572/578N, NC583N, NC590N/595N, NC966K].

60-X 1929 (ATC 2-150) = 76hp Cirrus Mk II. POP: 2 modified from British-built de Havilland DH-60s, c/ns 547 and 626.

Motor Products

Location unknown.

SX-6 1918 = 1pOM; 150hp Hisso A. William B Stout. POP: 1.


1927: Moundsville Airplane Corp, Moundsville WV.

  Moundsville Lone Eagle [X6770] (Tom Heitzman coll)

Lone Eagle X2LC 1928 = 2-3pOB; 55hp Michigan Rover L-236; span: 28'10" length: 21'0" load: 500# v: 100/85/32 range: 500 ceiling: 18,000'. Take-off run: 100', landing run to a stop: 50'. Charles Fasig. $3,000. POP: 3 [X570E, X4186, X6770], the first repowered with 100hp Kinner K-5. Some data show span: 26'9" length: 20'8", perhaps different with each ship, and one or all first had 60hp Chevrolet. [X4186] also shows up as 1927 WAC Special, with a WAC motor and no definition for those initials.

From a news article about Charles Lindbergh's 1928 Goodwill Tour of the USA: ... about Langin Field. "It's a fine field," said the air hero. "I never landed on any field where conditions were so clear and clean as at Moundsville." Lindbergh then took some time to inspect a new airplane, the first produced by the fledgling Moundsville Aircraft Corp., a biplane with a Chevrolet engine. Accompanied by his aides and friends, Donald Keyhoe, Charles Kinkaid, Philip Love and Jimmy Doolittle, Lindy inspected the small ship minutely. He climbed under it, inspected the fuselage, looked over the controls and instrument board, felt the wings and tested their strength. Commenting on the prototype, he said, "The 'Lone Eagle' appears to be a fine little plane and I wish the Moundsville Airplane Corporation success." The tiny plane was dedicated "The Lone Eagle" by James Doolittle, who christened it in Lindbergh's honor by smashing a bottle of water over the nose. "The name is appropriate," said Doolittle, "for as Lindbergh was alone in this great achievement, so this plane is alone in a new field of commercial airplane construction."


Christopher Morgan, New York NY.

1912 = 1pOB pusher; span: 43'8" length: 27'0" load: 390# v: 65/x/30.


Jarrett G Moyer, Syracuse and Skaneateles NY.

1928 - 4pCM; 90hp Curtiss OX-5; span: 41'0" length: 25'0". POP: 1 [4514]. Eight months after it was built, Moyer advised CAA in Sep 1928: "Plane has been dismantled." Reg cancelled 10/2/28. SEE ALSO Hogan-Moyer.


Safti-Copter 1946 = 1pCH; 40hp Continental. Fat, little, all-metal, double-rotor, personal helicopter design with no data.


O G Muessig, OR.

  Muessig P-2 [12758]

P-2 1933 = 1pOhwM; 32hp Aeronca E-113. Design said to be based on Long Longster, but looked more like a Heath Parasol [12758].


Richard Mulder, Lansing MI.

1931 = 1pOM; 38hp Mulder. [11357] c/n L20T12992. A contractor's number bigger than the plane!


Charles E Muller.

1920 = 2pOBF; 47hp Lawrance; span: 26'0" length: 18'5". One of the first lightplanes designed exclusively for the amateur builder. Plans and details were published in Everyday Engineering in 1919-20, but no tally was found of how many, if any, were built by readers.

Multiplane (1910) SEE Jacobs


Multiplane Aircraft Corp (Waterbury Button Co), 835 S Main St, Waterbury CT.

1929 = 1p unknown type experimental to test tiltable wing(s); Curtiss Challenger. Built by Commercial Aircraft Corp (Bridgeport CT) for Multiplane [X257V] c/n 1, cancelled 12/22/30 on expiry of license.

Mulzer SEE Locomotive


Harvey C Mummert, Long Island NY.

Cootie aka Baby Vamp 1921 = 1pOB; 28hp Lawrance; span: 18'0 length: 12'0" load: 250# v: 90/x/45; ff: 7/9/21. Laminated-plywood monocoque fuselage; patterned somewhat after Longren AK. A first experiment by Mummert, at the time an engineer with Curtiss Co, to see just how far the dwarfing process could be carried out before losing performance and speed. Diminutive plane was flight tested by Bert Acosta.

  Mummert Mini-plane (Eaton Chronicles)

Mini-plane 1923 = 1pOmwM; 18.5hp Harley-Davidson; span: 20'0" length: 14'0" v: 75. Empty wt: 285#. Laminated-plywood monocoque fuselage, cantilever wing.

  Mercury S [10360]

Red Racer SEE Mercury.

V-2 Sport Plane aka Sport 1923 = 1pOlwM; 18.5hp chain-driven Harley-Davidson; span: 26'0" length: 14'1" v: 65. Slab-sided, laminated-plywood fuselage, cantilever wing. POP: 1 [520K] c/n 3. Won speed and efficiency competitions at Dayton OH in Oct 1924. Stored 1926-27, then sold. Repowered in 1929 with 45hp Anzani, it crashed the following year in a low-altitude spin, killing pilot Homer Goodier.


Charles W Munsell, Kenosha WI.

1927 = 7pOB; 360hp Wright-Hisso; span: 48'0" length: 26'10". POP: 1, carried 6p in large front cockpit (on a demo flight from Kenosha to Fond du Lac it carried four more people perched on the wings). Sheet steel-covered fuselage. Used for barnstorming throughout the Midwest until c.1935, at which point it was traded for an automobile. SEE ALSO Kiser for a curious interrelation, except in dimensions.


Raymond Munson, Milwaukee WI.

A-1 1934 = 2pOM; 90hp LeBlond. [13681] c/n A-1. Reg cancelled 11/15/38.


Murchio Flying Service, Paterson NJ.

M-1, M-2, M-3 1918 = Conversions of Hisso-powered Standards or Curtiss Jennies. At least two M-3s were produced—[7082, 7467] were registered with c/ns 2 and 4.

M-4 1930 = 5pOB with 220hp Wright J-5, possibly more war surplus conversions. [76V] c/n 6; [5707] c/n ??, with Hisso. [7082] (above) also registered as M-4. This might be a copy or possible rebuild of NAS Air King [7081] c/n 27, which Murchio Flying Service owned..

M-5 1930 = 5pOB; 220hp Wright J-5; span: 36'10" length: 27'0" load: 1400# v: 110/95/35 range: 400. $8,000+; POP: 1.


Mike Murphy, Kokomo IN.

Over-and-Under 1935 = 1p curiosity; could be a high-wing or a low-wing, depending on which way it was landed, as it sported two sets of landing gear, one set mounted on the underside for inverted landings, often atop a moving automobile rigged with a platform. A creation of exhibition pilot Murphy, it began life in 1935 as Taylor E-2 [NC15354] c/n 264.


Cleve Stoskopf, Rancho Palos Verdes CA.

Mouse 1976 = 1pClwM; VW engine; span: 20'0" length: 15'0". Tri--gear.

Designer/builder was Cleve Stoskopf, an aircraft engineer at Rockwell, and was so named in his recognition of the inexorability of "Murphy's Law." Construction, completed in 1976, was a sandwich of Fibreglas and urethane foam, expanded in-situ, reinforced by steel-tube structure to aft of the single seat. Pilot was under a closed canopy. First high-speed taxi tests were conducted at Zamperini Field, Torrance CA, and were terminated when the nose gear shimmied and departed its fiberglass strut, allowing the shaft, bouncing along the runway, to collapse upward, piercing the firewall—fortunately missing the fuel tank—to the irritation of test pilot Raymond "Buck" Buchanan. The craft was later successfully flown at Mojave airport, first by the unflappable Mr Buchanan, then by a succession of competent pilots before being retired. To the best of my knowledge, it still exists, disassembled, at Torrance. (— Jim Strothers 4/10/07)


Dick Murphy, no location.

VM-7 Competitor 1984 = 1pCmwM; 200hp Lycoming O-360; ff: 3/x/78. Aerobatic aircraft. [N5P].


1985: Murphy Aircraft Mfg Ltd, Chilliwack BC, Canada.

Elite 19?? = 2pChwM. No data.

Rebel 19?? = 2pChwM. No data.

Renegade Spirit 19?? = No data.

SR2500 Super Rebel 19?? = ChwM; 180hp Lycoming O-360 to 250hp O-540; span: 36'0" length: 23'0" load: 1350-1750# v: 130-150/118-145/46-56 range: 600-700. Marketed as full kits and components, conventional or tri-gear. $24,995-26,300.

  Murphy SR3500 [C-GBZD] (Murphy Ltd)

SR3500 Super Rebel 2001 = ChwM; 360hp M-14P radial; load: 1750#; ff: 4/2/2001. Taildragger only. $26,995; POP: 1 prototype [CGBZD].


William Roland Murray, 1149 Allen Ave, Glendale CA.

M-7 1929 = 1pM; 80hp LeRhône rotary; span: 33'8" length: 21'6". [249K] c/n 1; reg cancelled 12/22/32. Murray, an aircraft mechanic, also appeared as engine manufacturer, Aircraft Holding Co, in 1927.


Frank A Murray, Rockford IL.

c.1940 = 1pOhwM; 40hp Continental A-40. Speculation is that this was prototype for the enigmatic "Peterson Special" racer. POP: 1 [N5829N]—registry also appears as Vapor Trail.

JN2-D1 Jenette 1961 = 1pOB; 50hp Ford A; span: 25'0" length: 15'0". Half-scale replica of Curtiss JN4-D2.


W Roland Murray, no location.

ML-60F Flivair c.1977 = 1pChwM; 60hp Franklin 4AC-150A; span: 30'0" length: 16'0" (18'4" with the wings folded back) load: 329#. A filial connection with 1929 William Roland Murray? Is the same?



No information found about this mystery ship or Mr Murray, but a Joseph Carnes (Hillsboro IN) built a lightplane in 1931. However, this ship appears to be more like early '20s, so his involvement is speculation. There's also a somewhat foreign look about it, so we're using a thumb tack to hold this entry in place for now.


1929: (Durard) Murray & (Fritz) Womack, Iola KS.

Sport 1929 = 3pOB with 125hp Super Rhône; ff: 7/9/29 (p: F Womack). Durard Murray. POP: 3 [83M, x, 15E] c/n 100/102; IMA registrations cancelled 3/1/39. The first was reportedly rebuilt from the fuselage of a WW1 "fighter" that crashed at an Iola County Fair (a photo of the wreckage shows a Thomas-Morse) with Durard-designed or -scavenged other components. The second ship apparently was never licensed. Also noted in several old registration records as Murray-Yarton ((Durard) Murray & (Russell) Yarton Aircraft Co, Iola KS) but Yarton remains at this time a mystery, and where, how, or even if, he fits into this picture needs to be solved. Suspicion is that he was a vagrant CAA typo that somehow ended up in this record. Documented information was received 4/24/06 from Jeff King, grandson of Fritz Womack, which clarifies and amends much of our basic data.

An article in the Iola newspaper tells of Murray and Fritz Womack building a small biplane, referred to as the Womack-Murray, which likely was the first Sport [83M]. The article told of them building two other planes, a monoplane and another Sport (c/n 101?). There was yet another, the Van Camp-Murray Sport [406W] c/n 103 (qv). Murray had worked with Winstead Brothers and, later, with American Eagle Co. (— John M Jarratt 9/19/00)


Edwin C Musick & Harry Reynolds, Santa Monica CA..

c.1911 = 1pOB; no data. Home-built design that crashed on its first flight, only minor injury to 17-year-old Musick, but the ship was a total wreck. However, it led to a memorable career in aviation—Musick went on to become a civil flight instructor with the USAAC and, later, world-record setter and chief pilot of the China Clipper on PanAm's first transpacific flight in 1935.


George Mustach, Chicago IL.

  Mustach (Chicago Historical Society coll)

1911 = 1pOB; no data. Curtiss copy appeared at the Grant Park Aviation Meet in Aug 1911.


1992: Mustang Aeronautics (pres: Chris Tieman), Troy MI, on acquisition of design rights from Bushby Aircraft Inc.

Midget Mustang 1992 = Continued kit production of Long/Bushby Midget Mustang.

  Mustang II (Mustang Aeronautics)

Mustang II 1992 = 2pClwM; 160hp Lycoming O-320 (v: 210/195/58 range: 780) or 200hp O-360 (v: 230/220/58 range: 770); span: 24'4" length: 19'6" ceiling: 17,000-20,000. Robert W Bushby. Marketed home-builder kits and components.


Mutual Aircraft Service/Aircraft Co (pres: A H Feffle), Kansas City MO. Norwalk CT.

  Mutual Blackbird At Gillespie Field, San Diego [X87M] (Ron Dupas)

Blackbird 1929 = 2pOB; 125hp Hess Warrior; span: 30'0" length: 21'0" v: 115/95/35. Giuseppe Bellanca (reportedly). POP: 1 [X87M] c/n 100. Could have been a modification and rename of Hess Bluebird (qv), under whose name it was registered. Dismantled c.1930, rediscovered in 1994 and restored.


M W Z Aircraft Co, Chicago IL.

W-LB-50 1929 = ChwM; 60hp Detroit Air Cat (LeBlond). [X110N].


George F Myers, Jackson Heights NY. 1926: Myers Flyers Inc.

Annular c.1927 = Circle-wing concept with two light engines on outriggers with tractor props that got this tricycle-gear, cart-mounted creation rolling along the ground, as seen on a Discovery tv program, "Strange Planes, Strange Shapes," but vertical conquest, if any, was not mentioned. Three doughnut-shaped wings on top, the fuselage was an open frame with pilot in an open chair up front. An angular rudder at the tail wore its number [691].

Helicopter 1904-26 = Myers filed a patent for a helicopter in 1897, and a prototype was built in 1904, according to the book, Helicopters Before Helicopters. It had three lifting "screws" (3'4" diameter) and two laterally-placed tractor propellers (6'0" diameter), each driven by a two-cylinder engine—possibly those lifting screws were driven by the same engines? The book says nothing about results of tests, but that "several years later it appeared as part of a machine with multiple annular surfaces mounted above the helicopter".

Helicopter 2 19?? = A coaxial-rotor helicopter built around the fuselage of a Thomas-Morse [772]. Two 18' diameter lifting propellers were driven by a 100hp Gnôme. A group of vanes was used for control, located on booms on either side of the fuselage and at the aft end, and two additional vanes were mounted forward of a powerplant in the nose. All those were actuated by the pilot's stick. Construction was supervised by none less than Vincent Burnelli, who also was the pilot. In tests at Curtiss Field, the machine flew a distance of 1000' at a height of about 10 feet, touching the ground at intervals, suggesting inadequate controllability. Helicopters Before Helicopters also has a photo—without further information—of a tilt-wing variant that seemingly proceeded the pure helicopter, and: "Following this effort, Myers dropped his helicopter development to perform services as a patent attorney."


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Midget 1924 = 1pOB; span: 16'0" v: 90. No other data found on this mini-plane with "V" wing atruts and rigid truss bracing.


Lloyd W Myers, St Petersburg FL.

2 1933 = 2pOMFb; 50hp Continental. [11561] c/n 11-M.


Howard H "Pete" Myers, Lawn IL.

M-1 1950 = 1pChwM; 150hp Lycoming O-320; span: 24'0" length: 18'0" load: 400# v: 140/120/55 range: 210. Take-off run: 215'. Built of parts "from a dozen airplanes," it was a popular performer at fly-ins. [N42963].

My Dad's M1, aka Myers Special, was a clipped-wing Cub, with fuselage shortened about 4 feet, dorsal fin, a larger balanced rudder, clipped and modified Taylorcraft wings, cleaned up landing gear, O-320 under a pressure cowl with inverted fuel, oil, and smoke. It is now in the EAA Museum. (— John Myers 12/20/06)

M-2 1967 = Reworked Cassutt III as Goodyear racer [N429PM]. Continental O-200 modified for inverted flight. An extra rib added on each side and the sport airfoil used, larger fin and ruder, lengthened landing gear to accommodate a longer prop, and a Midget Mustang canopy. Recently acquired and restored by Giles Henderson. (Data: John Myers.)

"Lady, you want me to answer you if this old airplane is safe to fly? Just how in the world do you think it got to be this old?" — Jim Tavenner