Curtiss B-8, V-8 Engine

The Curtiss Model B-8 was the first Curtiss engine to power a heavier-than-air machine in sustained flight. In 1908, the 40 hp B-8 powered the Curtiss June Bug aircraft. In 1911, this engine was used by the donor’s father, Dr. George A. Spratt, to power an experimental variable angle of incidence wing seaplane of his own design.

Although this engine is air cooled, all Curtiss engines manufactured after 1908 were water cooled.

Gift of George Spratt.

Physical Description:
Weight: 68.1 kg (150 lb)

Country of Origin
United States of America

Manufacturer
Curtiss Aeroplane and Motor Company
Designer
Glenn H. Curtiss

Date
1907

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

Type
PROPULSION-Reciprocating & Rotary

The Curtiss Model B-8 was the first Curtiss engine to power a heavier-than-air machine in sustained flight. In 1908, the 40 hp B-8 powered the Curtiss June Bug aircraft. In 1911, this engine was used by the donor’s father, Dr. George A. Spratt, to power an experimental variable angle of incidence wing seaplane of his own design.

Although this engine is air cooled, all Curtiss engines manufactured after 1908 were water cooled.

Gift of George Spratt.

Physical Description:
Weight: 68.1 kg (150 lb)

Country of Origin
United States of America

Manufacturer
Curtiss Aeroplane and Motor Company
Designer
Glenn H. Curtiss

Date
1907

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

Type
PROPULSION-Reciprocating & Rotary

ID: A19490009000