The 1911 version of Robert Esnault-Pelterie differed radically from the older type in the method of elevation control and in the construction of the tail as well as in propeller, motor, etc. This type was built in two sizes (one or two seater) and largely preserved the graceful lines of its predecessors. After the flights of Laurens and Bournique, with and without passenger, and because of its high speed, reliability and stability, the scarlet bird-like R. E. P. took its place among the very best flying machines of the time.
Top Speed: 60 m.p.h.
Engine: five-cylinder 55 horse-power R. E. P. rotary
Wingspan: 42 feet
Weight: 1,180 pounds
[ad#ad-1]Bournique, in the small R. E. P. , flew 60 miles an hour, and not much later Laurens established a passenger speed record. Bournique on December 31st, 1910, in competition for the Michelin cup (awarded annually for the longest sustained flight), flew this type 331 miles.
Specifications from â€œMonoplanes and Biplanes,â€