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May 09, 2021, 08:57 AM
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Obscure Airplane Highlight of the Day : Vulcan American Moth


An alphabetical stroll through the history of aviation. Day 22, V

Vulcan American Moth: Between Vultee and Vought there is a whole plethora of V aircraft but I figured Iíd pick something a bit more obscure. The Vulcan American Moth was an early monoplane with a surprising amount of history packed into it.

Designed in the late 1920s by the Doyle Brothers, graduates of Harvard and Yale, the Vulcan was the first of a confusing line of monoplanes. The Doyle brothers, fresh from college, joined forces with William Burke from the Vulcan Last golf club company. Together they formed Vulcan Aircraft Company. Their first design was the American Moth. Named such as an attempt to gain a little popularity from De Havillands success.

The American Moth was a two seat parasol with a conventional landing gear and a series of radial engines. The front passenger had to remove the section between the cockpits to get into his seat. The prototype actually had a bathtub style cockpit that went all the way around both seats. The moth had a whopping production run of 8 airplanes.

The Doyle Brotherís left the Vulcan Aircraft Company later that year and started their own company. They produced the Doyle O-2 Oriole and Vulcan Aircraft became Davis Aircraft which later produced the Davis D-1. (my all time favorite classic) Each of those will have to get their own write up one of these days.

There is one surviving Vulcan American Moth however it was more or less destroyed in a bad accident years ago and itís wreckage is still floating around in some California hangar awaiting an owner with the will to restore it.
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