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WORLD WAR ONE, LAWRANCE A-3 AIRPLANE ENGINE w/ ORIGINAL LANG BREEZE PENGUIN PROP

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LAWRANCE A-3 AIRPLANE ENGINE

DELIVERED TO THE U.S. ARMY, JULY 27, 1918 - DATA PLATE STAMPED (7 27 18) 

ORIGINAL CONDITION, NO PHYSICAL DAMAGE, COMPLETE EXCEPT FOR MAGNETO 

SMALL AMOUNT OF RESIDUAL OIL IN CRANKCASE

APPROXIMATELY SIX KNOWN ENGINES REMAIN, ONE IN THE SMITHSONIAN AIR AND SPACE MUSEUM

ORIGINAL LANG BREEZE PENGUIN PROPELLER IN AMAZING CONDITION

AN AMAZING EXAMPLE OF EARLY AMERICAN MILITARY AND CIVILIAN AVIATION HISTORY

MOUNTED ON STAND WITH CASTERS

The Lawrance Model A-3 aircraft engine was designed by Charles Lawrance, owner of the Lawrance-Aero-Engine- Corp’n, N.Y.- U.S.A, in the mid-1910s. Although designed by Lawrance, manufacturing was turned over to Excelsior Auto Cycle Motor Mfg. & Supply of Chicago, Illinois. The engine produced 28 HP @ 1400 rpm. An interesting feature of this engine was that both pistons worked on the same crankshaft. During World War One, the engine was used on the non-flying Breeze Penquin training airplane. The Penquin was modeled after the French  Bleroit X1 trainer, specifically designed to instruct student pilots in the use of aircraft controls while practicing high speed ground taxiing and turns. Beginning in January 1918, 300 Breeze Penguin aircraft and accompanying A-3 engines and Lang propellers were produced. A civilian aircraft, the WACO Cootie, also utilized this engine. The Cootie was a single seat biplane/parasol monoplane; only one was produced. 

 

 

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