Hendee Indian Rotary 7 Engine

This is one of two rotary engines built by the Hendee Manufacturing Company of Springfield, Mass. Several features of the French Gnome "Omega" engine are incorporated in its design.

From Sept. 23 to Oct. 2, 1911, the first United States air mail was carried from the aviation meet at Nassau Boulevard, Garden City, N.Y., to Mineola--a distance of approximately 10 miles. The first pilot was Earle Ovington, flying his 1911 Bleriot monoplane powered by this Indian engine.

Gift of Earle Ovington

Physical Description:
Weight: 84 kg (185 lb)

Country of Origin
United States of America

Manufacturer
Hendee Manufacturing Co. (Springfield, Massachusetts)

Date
1911

Location
National Air and Space Museum, Washington, DC
Exhibition
Early Flight

Type
PROPULSION-Reciprocating & Rotary

Materials
Metal
Dimensions
Diameter 91.4 cm (36.0 in.)

This is one of two rotary engines built by the Hendee Manufacturing Company of Springfield, Mass. Several features of the French Gnome "Omega" engine are incorporated in its design.

From Sept. 23 to Oct. 2, 1911, the first United States air mail was carried from the aviation meet at Nassau Boulevard, Garden City, N.Y., to Mineola--a distance of approximately 10 miles. The first pilot was Earle Ovington, flying his 1911 Bleriot monoplane powered by this Indian engine.

Gift of Earle Ovington

Physical Description:
Weight: 84 kg (185 lb)

Country of Origin
United States of America

Manufacturer
Hendee Manufacturing Co. (Springfield, Massachusetts)

Date
1911

Location
National Air and Space Museum, Washington, DC
Exhibition
Early Flight

Type
PROPULSION-Reciprocating & Rotary

Materials
Metal
Dimensions
Diameter 91.4 cm (36.0 in.)

ID: A19240002000