Wright 6-60, In-line 6 Engine

In 1911, with their assistant Charles Taylor, Wilber and Orville Wright’s original Wright Company began work on a six-cylinder engine, which was first used by the U.S. Army Signal Corps on the Wright Model C aircraft. The engine developed problems in service, leading to design changes, and by 1913 a modified engine known as the Wright 6-60 evolved. At 1560 rpm, it was claimed that this engine developed 53.6 to 55.9 kW (72 to 75 hp). In 1914, a flexible flywheel drive was added, and the engine was re-designated Wright 6-70.

This engine, manufacturer's serial number 11, was one of the first six-cylinder engines designed and built by the Wright Company. One of the earliest Wright six-cylinder engines was installed in the U.S. Army Signal Corps aircraft Number 10 at Fort Riley, Kansas.

Transferred from the War Department, Air Corps, Materiel Division, Wright Field, Dayton, Ohio.

Physical Description:
Weight: 136 kg (300 lb)

Country of Origin
United States of America

Manufacturer
Wright Company (Dayton, Ohio)

Date
1912

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

Type
PROPULSION-Reciprocating & Rotary

Dimensions
Length 104 cm (41.0 in)., Width 38.1 cm (15.0 in)., Height 68.6 cm (27.0 in.)

In 1911, with their assistant Charles Taylor, Wilber and Orville Wright’s original Wright Company began work on a six-cylinder engine, which was first used by the U.S. Army Signal Corps on the Wright Model C aircraft. The engine developed problems in service, leading to design changes, and by 1913 a modified engine known as the Wright 6-60 evolved. At 1560 rpm, it was claimed that this engine developed 53.6 to 55.9 kW (72 to 75 hp). In 1914, a flexible flywheel drive was added, and the engine was re-designated Wright 6-70.

This engine, manufacturer's serial number 11, was one of the first six-cylinder engines designed and built by the Wright Company. One of the earliest Wright six-cylinder engines was installed in the U.S. Army Signal Corps aircraft Number 10 at Fort Riley, Kansas.

Transferred from the War Department, Air Corps, Materiel Division, Wright Field, Dayton, Ohio.

Physical Description:
Weight: 136 kg (300 lb)

Country of Origin
United States of America

Manufacturer
Wright Company (Dayton, Ohio)

Date
1912

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

Type
PROPULSION-Reciprocating & Rotary

Dimensions
Length 104 cm (41.0 in)., Width 38.1 cm (15.0 in)., Height 68.6 cm (27.0 in.)

ID: A19340010000