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Chantilly, VA - December 11, 2003 -- This Wright Vertical 4, the oldest existing United States Navy aircraft engine, powered the Navy's first Wright airplane, the B-1 hydroaeroplane.  In 1912 the B-1 crashed in San Diego Bay during a training flight.  Navy mechanics repaired the heavily damaged aircraft and its engine.  Attempts to solder and weld the aluminum fragments to the crankcase proved impossible, so an electrician fabricated a sheet metal patch and bolted it to the lower side of the crankcase.  This engine is the only known artifact to have survived from the Navy's first aviation training program, during which routine flights and accidents resulted in a cycle of repair and reconstruction of aircraft and overhaul of many engines..It is a reciprocating, 4 cylinder in-line, liquid cooled engine and is capable of producing 36 horsepower at 1600 revolutions per minute (rpm).  The engine weighs 180 pounds (81.7 kilograms)..Credit: Ron Sachs / CNP.(RESTRICTION: NO New York or New Jersey Newspapers or newspapers within a 75 mile radius of New York City)
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Chantilly, VA - December 11, 2003 -- This Wright Vertical 4, the oldest existing United States Navy aircraft engine, powered the Navy's first Wright airplane, the B-1 hydroaeroplane. In 1912 the B-1 crashed in San Diego Bay during a training flight. Navy mechanics repaired the heavily damaged aircraft and its engine. Attempts to solder and weld the aluminum fragments to the crankcase proved impossible, so an electrician fabricated a sheet metal patch and bolted it to the lower side of the crankcase. This engine is the only known artifact to have survived from the Navy's first aviation training program, during which routine flights and accidents resulted in a cycle of repair and reconstruction of aircraft and overhaul of many engines..It is a reciprocating, 4 cylinder in-line, liquid cooled engine and is capable of producing 36 horsepower at 1600 revolutions per minute (rpm). The engine weighs 180 pounds (81.7 kilograms)..Credit: Ron Sachs / CNP.(RESTRICTION: NO New York or New Jersey Newspapers or newspapers within a 75 mile radius of New York City)

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Source: Consolidated News Photos
Date: 11 Dec 2003
Location: Chantilly Virginia United States of America
Credit: Ron Sachs - CNP
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Restrictions: No New York Metro or other Newspapers within a 75 mile radius of New York City
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