STURTEVANT AVIATION Co
Co. was best known as the world's largest industrial fan manufacturer. The
, is the father of the American industry, having built the first commercially
successful blower in 1864.
Co. of Hyde park, Boston, Mass. was a big engineering firm even before the
advent of the new science of aeronautics. Whilst the first world war was raging
The Sturtevant Aeroplane Co.
(1915-1918) was formed by the parent company to develop military aircraft.
The new company was based at Jamaica Plain Mass.
They produced a number of aircraft for both the army and the navy, in particular the
"Battle" S4 aeroplane of naval type, and the USN bought 12 of
those machines whose inner structure was all metal, a rather innovative
approach for the time applied by Mr. Grover Loening, Sturtevant's chief
designer. The Sturtevant S wasn't one of his best designs... with a velocity of
40 to 73 mph a climbing rate of 4000ft in 12 min. and two gunners enclosed in
little nacelles between the struts it wasn't an elegant nor fast nor agile
Vincent Tocco has produced an excellent website covering all aspects of the B.F. Sturtevant Company on www.sturtevantfan.com
The Sturtevant Aeroplane Co. (1915-1918), a subsidiary of the B.F.Sturtevant
Co.,built 3 models (possibly more according to Aerofiles below):
(a) Model A Battleplane (1915), an experimental fighter; (1 built)
No pictures available
(b) Model B seaplanes (1916) (2 built)
(c) Model S planes (1916-1917). (17 built)
They only made sales on the later model, (12) Navy, (4) Army and (1) Rhode
Island Militia. They were the first metal fuselage planes to be used by the
military and are recognised as such by the
NASA aviation timeline
The 'official' data on the Sturtevant Aeroplane Co is given in
(B F) Sturtevant Blower Works. 1914: B F Sturtevant Co, Hyde Park, Boston. 1915:
Sturtevant Aeroplane Co (with Eugene Foss, Grover Loening, et al), Jamaica
1915 = 2pOB; Engine 80hp 6-cyl Sturtevant.
1916 = Army. 2pOB; 135hp Sturtevant 5; span: 38'0" length: 25'0".
Monocoque fuselage. POP: 5 [AS211/215]; s/ns [AS216/228] issued but aircraft
1916 = No data. Engine 150hp Sturtevant 5A; Span 48' 7.5". POP: 2 to USAS
(4 more cancelled but issued s/ns [AS64/67]) and 12 to USN [A76/81, A128/133].
1916 = Army. 3pOB; Engine 150hp Sturtevant 5A; span: 50'0" (>48'0") length:
Designer Grover Loening.
Steel frame; twin-gun turrets mounted on each lower wing. POP: 4 [Seaplanes??
1916 = 2pOBF. POP: 12.
1917 = Army. OB; Engine Sturtevant 5A.
Four aircraft were ordered by the Army on Nov 8, 1916, as [AS277/280].
The first one flew the first time on March 20, 1917, but crashed on that
flight; the remaining three were then cancelled.
1918 = Army. 2pOB. POP: 1 [AS40007].
The company also developed and produced a number of aero engines which are
described separately on the following page:
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Last Update 1st February 2010