Форум Breguet's Aircraft Challenge
His brother Alfred founded his own flying school, and in 1914 built at least one Morane-style monoplane of his own design for another American, Harold Kantner; powered by a 50 hp Gnome, it was called the Bluebird.
Flight, June 19, 1914.
THE KANTNER-MOISANT MONOPLANE.
AMERICA has not produced many monoplanes that could be called original in design, most of them being of the Bleriot type, but in fairness it must be said that they possess many interesting points in details and construction. Such is the case with the Kantner-Moisant monoplane, which was built by the Moisant Aviation Co. to the designs of Mr. Harold Kantner, who has piloted the machine himself with some considerable success. At first sight this machine resembles the Morane-Saulnier monoplane, but on closer inspection it will be seen that there are two or three distinct differences. In the first place, the main planes are almost rectangular in plan-form, the leading and trailing edges being of the same span; secondly, the landing chassis is of the Bleriot type. The tail is of the balanced elevator type. The fuselage is of rectangular section from the nose to a point level with the trailing edge of the main planes, from whence it tapers to a horizontal knife-edge at the tail; it also decreases slightly in width from this point. The fuselage is built up in the usual box-girder style, wire braced, and is divided in the middle for the purpose of facilitating transport. The pilot's cockpit is situated well forward, while observation below is improved by cutting away a portion of the main planes at the leading edge of the main planes, and also from the rear spar to the trailing edge. The 50 h.p. Gnome engine is mounted in front of the fuselage, and is protected by an aluminium cowl or shield which extends to the cockpit, protecting the pilot from both wind and oil. The main planes are built up on two large spars, and taper slightly from root to tip. The top cabane, a pyramid of four steel tubes, is mounted well forward, and the wing cables have specially designed attachments whereby the detachment of the planes is easily and quickly accomplished. The chassis, of the Bleriot type, slopes forward in order to bring the wheels well forward to prevent the machine from turning over on its nose. The principal dimensions of this monoplane are: Span, 30 ft.; length, 21 ft.; chord, 6 ft. (root) 5 ft. 9 ins. (tip); supporting area, 698 sq. ft.; speed, 70 m.p.h.