Navy Flyer Invents Tandem Airplane for Heavy Loads (Dec, 1929)

Harold H. “Kiddy” Karr was a pioneering naval aviator (Enlisted Naval Aviation Pilot Certificate #1).  He passed away in 1978.

Navy Flyer Invents Tandem Airplane for Heavy Loads
A TANDEM airplane called the KarrAvan has been invented by Harold H. Karr, a naval aviation pilot at North Island, San Diego, California. The ship which is 130 feet long and has a wing spread of 96 feet is able to lift 85,000 pounds. The unique flying machine will be powered by five 420 h.p. engines and will have a top speed of 135 miles an hour. The ship will carry 80 passengers and their baggage more than 4,000 miles without a halt.

2 comments
  1. Stephen says: May 19, 20125:57 am

    This kind of design with tandem wings has never been made to work. It might be all right in a dead straight line, but the aircraft is uncontrollable if you try to turn it.

  2. Toronto says: May 19, 20121:18 pm

    Actually, they have, but not as a biplane as far as I know.

    http://en.wikipedia.org…

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