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Schiefer-Robbins RS

Страна: США

Год: 1917

Schaap-Sestak - Scout - 1914 - США<– –>Schmidt - monoplane - 1914 - США

Форум Breguet's Aircraft Challenge

Frank Schiefer was a prominent San Diego office furniture builder, who financed the building of the machine. The machine was a very lightweight fighter machine strongly resembling a Nieuport 28 with the landing gear resembling that of the S.E.5.
   The machine had a very high performance (147 miles/hour) and made about 100 flights without any failure or breakage.
   Striking is the last paragraph of the article:
   Perhaps the most significant thing that caused the demise of this unique aircraft was the fact that it just priced itself out of production. After paying as much as $5,200 for the nine cylinder engine, the completed aircraft was offered to the Army at a ridiculously low-price of $12,000. Washington laughed at the price--they were used to paying over $25,000 for aircraft that could attain speeds of only 100 mph., and could not conceive that such a low-price aircraft could perform as promised.

Форум - Breguet's Aircraft Challenge /WWW/
The man who is holding the machine at the tail is Nova B. Robbins, the designer of this fighter, designed for combat use in WW1. Robins was a civilian flight instructor, who died in the winter 1918 influenza epidemic.