Laird Biplane (1915)

The 1915 Laird biplane was E. M. Laird’s third design and is the oldest surviving Laird aircraft.  Small and light, it generally follows the configuration of the single-seat scouts then starting to be produced in Europe for the First World War.  The Henry Ford Museum somewhat inappropriately displays this aircraft in its “barnstormers” gallery; as a one-off single-seater, this was much more of a personal airplane and learning project for Laird. 


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