Heath-Henderson B-4 In-line Engine

Heath-Henderson B-4 In-line Engine

     

The Heath Airplane Company's Model B-4 was an in-line, four-cylinder, air-cooled Henderson motorcycle engine converted for use in aircraft by modifying the lubrication system and the valves. The B-4 mainly powered the small and economical Heath Parasol monoplane, which Heath sold in kit form for homebuilders in the 1920s and '30s.

The low-cost, reliable Henderson motorcycle engine was well-suited for the Heath airplane design because it helped make sport flying affordable for many people. Service was simple and economical because parts were cheap and easy to obtain throughout the country.

Gift of Eugene E. Stegall.

Physical Description:
Weight: 54 kg (119 lb)

Country of Origin
United States of America

Manufacturer
Heath-Henderson

Date
1930

Location
Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center, Chantilly, VA
Hangar
Boeing Aviation Hangar

Type
PROPULSION-Reciprocating & Rotary

Dimensions
Length 64.1 cm (25.25 in.), Width 36.8 cm (14.5 in.), Height 61 cm (24.0 in.)

The Heath Airplane Company's Model B-4 was an in-line, four-cylinder, air-cooled Henderson motorcycle engine converted for use in aircraft by modifying the lubrication system and the valves. The B-4 mainly powered the small and economical Heath Parasol monoplane, which Heath sold in kit form for homebuilders in the 1920s and '30s.

The low-cost, reliable Henderson motorcycle engine was well-suited for the Heath airplane design because it helped make sport flying affordable for many people. Service was simple and economical because parts were cheap and easy to obtain throughout the country.

Gift of Eugene E. Stegall.

Physical Description:
Weight: 54 kg (119 lb)

Country of Origin
United States of America

Manufacturer
Heath-Henderson

Date
1930

Location
Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center, Chantilly, VA
Hangar
Boeing Aviation Hangar

Type
PROPULSION-Reciprocating & Rotary

Dimensions
Length 64.1 cm (25.25 in.), Width 36.8 cm (14.5 in.), Height 61 cm (24.0 in.)

ID: A19730133000