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Photo # NH 99725:  Aeromarine 40 taxiing near USS Hannibal, 1923

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Aeromarine 40 flying boats

Two hundred Aeromarine Model 40 single-engine flying boats were ordered by the Navy in 1918. Similiar in configuration to the developed version of the Curtiss Model F, only fifty of these two-seat training aircraft entered service, primarily after the November 1918 Armistice. At least some of the Model 40s later became Model 41s.

In December 1922 one Aeromarine 40 (converted to a Model 41 according to an August 1922 letter) was assigned to the surveying ship Hannibal (AG-1) for work in Cuban waters. While waterborne on 25 May 1923, this plane, Bureau # A-5066, suffered an accident that opened its bottom, caused it to partially sink and rendered the hull and wings "unfit for further use". It appears that the Aeromarine 40 type was too fragile for this kind of work, as the resulting "Trouble Report" recommended that "in future planes of heavy boat type be attached to the Survey".

Aeromarine 40 characteristics:

  • Dimensions: Wing Span, 48.5 feet; Length, 28.9 feet.
  • Weights: Gross, 2592 pounds; Empty, 2061 pounds.
  • Powerplant: One 100 horsepower Curtiss OXX-6 water-cooled engine (some planes appear to have been refitted with Hispano engines).
  • Performance (@ 2522 pounds weight): Maximum speed 71 miles per hour; Service Ceiling 1900 feet; Endurance 4.5 hours.

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    Photo #: NH 91070

    Aeromarine 40 flying boat
    (Bureau # A-5086)

    At Naval Air Station Anacostia, District of Columbia, circa 1919-1920.

    Collection of Charles W. Taylor.

    U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph.

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    Photo #: NH 99725

    Aeromarine 40 flying boat
    (Bureau # A-5066)

    Taxiing on the water near USS Hannibal (AG-1), in 1923.
    This aircraft was assigned to assist Hannibal in survey work in Cuban waters. Its Aircraft Record card states that it was converted to a Model 41 Type in about 1922.

    Courtesy of the Naval Historical Foundation. Collection of LeRoy R. Horstman.

    U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph.

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    Photo #: NH 99726

    Aeromarine 40 flying boat
    (Bureau # A-5066)

    On the water near USS Hannibal (AG-1), in 1923. Two of the ship's steam launches are at left.
    This aircraft was assigned to assist Hannibal in survey work in Cuban waters. Its Aircraft Record card states that it was converted to a Model 41 Type in about 1922.

    Courtesy of the Naval Historical Foundation. Collection of LeRoy R. Horstman.

    U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph.

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    Photo #: NH 99727

    Aeromarine 40 flying boat
    (Bureau # A-5066)

    On the water near USS Hannibal (AG-1), in 1923. One of the ship's steam launches can be seen between the plane's port wings, apparently preparing to take it in tow.
    This aircraft was assigned to assist Hannibal in survey work in Cuban waters. Its Aircraft Record card states that it was converted to a Model 41 Type in about 1922.

    Courtesy of the Naval Historical Foundation. Collection of LeRoy R. Horstman.

    U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph.

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    Photo #: NH 99728

    Aeromarine 40 flying boat
    (Bureau # A-5066)

    Flying over USS Hannibal (AG-1), in 1923.
    This aircraft was assigned to assist Hannibal in survey work in Cuban waters. Its Aircraft Record card states that it was converted to a Model 41 Type in about 1922.

    Courtesy of the Naval Historical Foundation. Collection of LeRoy R. Horstman.

    U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph.

    Online Image: 55KB; 740 x 600 pixels

     
    Photo #: NH 99729

    Aeromarine 40 flying boat
    (Bureau # A-5066)

    In flight near USS Hannibal (AG-1), 1923.
    This aircraft was assigned to assist Hannibal in survey work in Cuban waters. Its Aircraft Record card states that it was converted to a Model 41 Type in about 1922.

    Courtesy of the Naval Historical Foundation. Collection of LeRoy R. Horstman.

    U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph.

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    Photo #: NH 99733

    Aeromarine 40 flying boat
    (Bureau # A-5066)

    Wrecked in the Gulf of Bacabano, Cuba, 25 May 1923.
    This aircraft, whose Aircraft Record card states that it had been converted to a Model 41 type, was assigned to assist Hannibal in survey work. It hit something on the water or broke a hole in its hull by hitting a wave, leaving the plane's wings and hull unfit for further use. It was subsequently stricken from the list of Navy aircraft. Pilot was Lieutenant (Junior Grade) John H. Hykes, USN.

    Courtesy of the Naval Historical Foundation. Collection of LeRoy R. Horstman.

    U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph.

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    Photo #: NH 99721

    USS SC-353


    Standing by a damaged Aeromarine 40 flying boat (Bureau # A-5066) in the Gulf of Bacabano, Cuba, 25 May 1923. A boat from USS Hannibal (AG-1) is also present.
    This aircraft was assigned to assist Hannibal in survey work in Cuban waters. It had hit something on the water or broken a hole in its hull by hitting a wave. The accident left the plane's wings and hull unfit for further use and it was subsequently stricken from the list of Navy aircraft. Pilot was Lieutenant (Junior Grade) John H. Hykes, USN.

    Courtesy of the Naval Historical Foundation. Collection of LeRoy R. Horstman.

    U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph.

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