Probably the most interesting aeroplane that came out during 1910 was the small Wright “roadster,” with its miniature biplane cell, and its huge propellers spanning almost the entire machine. This speed and reliability product of the Dayton inventors has excited a lot of interest, and suggested many of the improvements that the future held. A machine of this type, but fitted with a 60 horse-power 8-cylinder motor and very much smaller in size, was to be driven in the 1910 Gordon-Bennett Race by Brookins, and there is little doubt, with the phenomenal speed it had already displayed, that it would have won this race from Grahame-White had the unfortunate failure of the engine not occurred.
[ad#ad-1]The regular 30 horse-power type of this machine, however, proved itself a very good one. Both in speed and in its remarkable ability to gain great altitude, this machine in the hands of Ogilvie, Brookins, and the unfortunate Johnstone, exhibited far better qualities than many foreign machines using almost twice the horse-power. The Model R was noted for its exceptional climbing ability.
Specifications from â€œMonoplanes and Biplanes,â€