REVISED: 2/12/09

G&A SEE Firestone

GAC SEE General Nighthawk

Gage, Fowler-Gage

1911: Jay Gage Flying School, Griffith Park, Los Angeles CA. c.1912: Gage-McClay Co.

1912 = 1pOB, Curtiss-type pusher. No specs found, but likely similar to Curtiss. POP: 1 built for exhibition use by Roy Francis and later, reportedly, 1 tractor version for Francis and Frank Bryant to share.

  Fowler-Gage NASM restoration with OX-5 (NASM)

1912 = 1pOB; 60-80hp Hall-Scott A-2/-3; span: (upper) 41'0" to 42'8" (lower) 30'0" v: 60. POP: 4 or 5 for exhibition pilots Robert Fowler (aka Fowler-Gage with 80hp Hall-Scott A-3, occasionally on floats), Roy Francis, Phil Parmalee, and J Clifford Turpin. Design carried forward to the twin-prop Patterson-Francis. The Fowler-Gage was donated to Smithsonian in 1950 and restored for display by NASM in 1988.


Gail Aircraft Engineering Co, Sacramento CA.

202 Mantis 1956 = 1pOlwM agricultural sprayer; 190hp Lycoming O-435; span: 40'0" length: 24'10" load: 1315# v: 105/90/45; ff: 5/30/56. Design based on Kinner Sportster. POP: 1 [N13701]

202A Gold'uster 1961 = Similar to 202, but with new wing; load: 1465# v: 105/80/60.


Albert B Gaines, New York NY.

1927 = 1pOM; Harley-Davidson, replaced by Anzani in 1930; span: 26'0" length: 22'0". POP: 1 [216] c/n 2.

Galaxie SEE Glatfelter


Harold & Oscar Gallatin, Milwaukee & Waukesha WI.

1935 = 1pOlwM; 35hp Gallatin. [14810].

A 1938 = 1pOlwM; 37hp Aeronca E-113; span: 22'0" length: 15'0". Oscar Gallatin. Suffered a wing failure on its second flight and crashed, killing its designer [NX18237].


  Gallaudet Multi-Drive 1200hp experimental engine, c.1920

1908: (Edson) Gallaudet Engr Co Inc, Norwich CT. 1917: Gallaudet Aircraft Corp. 1923: Acquired by Consolidated Aircraft Corp and was basis for eventual General Dynamics Corp (1953).

#1 1911 = OMF; 125hp Emerson Aerial turning two props; span: 44'0" length: 56'0". Edson Gallaudet. Single float; motor mounted amidships with props at nose and tail. POP: 1, test flights only.

59-A 1926 = USN. ff: 7/19/16 (p: Ltjg G D Murray). Propeller mounted amidships in fuselage.

  Gallaudet A-1 (Aeronautics)

A-1 Bullet 1912 = 1pOmwM; 100hp Gnôme twin-row rotary pusher; span: 31'11" length: 20'7" v: 125. Streamlined, four-sided, wood fuselage with a three-bladed prop mounted on the tail, driven by extended crankshaft from the fully-enclosed motor. It was twice as fast as biplanes of the era.

A-2 Bullet 1912 = Evolution of A-1 with a round, stringer-formed fuselage and variable-incidence wing with single-tube main spar and ribs made of aluminum tubing. POP: 1, crashed during a speed run of 110mph on 7/24/12.

B 1913 = Similar to #1 with various motors for tests. POP: 1.

Big Boy 19?? = No data [C1502].

C-1 1914 = 2pOB; 100hp Gnôme rotary. POP: 1 prototype of C-2.

Gallaudet C-2 (clip: 1915 Flying)

  Gallaudet C-2

C-2 aka Military Tractor 1915 = C-1 with longer wingspan. Used as trainer by Gallaudet Aviation School, Garden City NY.

  Gallaudet C-3 (Aerial Age via Joe Martin)

C-3 Tourist 1920 = 5pOB; 400hp liberty 12; span: 44'0" length: 29'5" load: 1200# v: 120/x/45 range: 600. Modified, wide-bodied de Havilland DH-4 with 3p cockpit in front and 2p in rear.

  Gallaudet Chummy (Rob Osborne via Kevin Holcomb coll)

Chummy c.1917 = 2pOlwM; two 18hp Indian pusher; span: 33'0" load: 220# v: 80/x/40. Early lightplane design with two nose-mounted motorcycle engines driving two trailing props by way of a complicated system of chains and driveshafts.

  Gallaudet CO-1 [68587] (USAAF)

CO-1 1923 = Army observation. Gallaudet production of all-metal Engineering Division CO-1. 2pOhwM; 420hp Liberty 12; span: 56'2" length: 33'8" v: 120. POP: 1 [68587]; 2 more ordered, but cancelled.

D-1, -2 1915 = 3pOBFb; two 150hp Duesenberg pusher; span: 48'0" length: 33'0" v: 92. Engines were clutch-operated in tandem, four-blade propeller mounted in the fuselage amidship; single pontoon, cockpits in front. POP: 1 prototype of USN AH-61 seaplane [A59], and 4 to USAS as D-2 [AS429/432].

  Gallaudet D-4 (1916 Flying)
  Gallaudet D-4 [A-2654] and [A-2653] (USN)

D-4 c.1916 = 2pOBF; 360hp Liberty 12; span: 46'5" length: 33'6" load: 1212# v: 119/x/58. Unusual design with four-bladed prop amidships rotating in a ring around the fuselage behind the buried engine; single float. Observer in front cockpit. POP: 2 [A2653/2654].

  Gallaudet DB-1 [AS64238] (USAAC)

DB-1, -1B 1923 = Army Day Bomber. 2pOlwM; 700hp Engineering Division W-1A-18; span: 67'0" length: 44'0" load: 1953# v: 144/128/x range (est): 900. POP: 2. DB-1 was so overweight it was used for ground tests only [AS64238]. DB-1B was a new and modified biplane design (span: 66'7" length: 42'0" load: 5340#). It flew on 8/1/23, but displayed enough bad habits to warrant rejection by the military [AS64239].

  Gallaudet DH-4B as McCook Field P-328 with COA-1 wings and struts [23-669] (Natl Archives)

DH-4B 1923 = Licensed production of de Havilland DH.4B for the Air Service. POP: 15 [23-660/674].

Flying Boat 1913 = 2pOmwMFb; 50hp Gnôme rotary pusher; span: 36'0" length: 27'0". Sea-going version of Bullet design with two pusher props mounted on driveshafts on the wing surfaces; spur-geared motor sat sideways in the fuselage. Tandem cockpits.

HS2-L 19?? = Contract-built Curtiss HS-2. POP: 60 [A2217/2276].

  Gallaudet PW-4 (Skyways)
  Gallaudet PW-4 [AS64385] (Convair)

PW-4 1922 = 1pOB; 350hp Packard 1A-1237; span: 29'10" length: 22'8" load: 2040# v: 145. Remarkably of all-metal construction. POP: 1 delivered to McCook Field, but probably not flown [AS64385], 2 cancelled. Design replication is very apparent in DB-1B.

Twin Hydro 1917 = 2pOB; two 125hp Hall-Scott A-5; span: 48'0" length: 36'0" v: 82. POP: 3 to USAS in 1918.


Lincoln School of Flying, 2415 O St, Lincoln NB.

  Galvin Sky-Lark [11050]

Sky-Lark 1931 = 3pChwM; 120hp Cessna-Anzani. Arnold H Galvin, school A&E instructor. POP: 1 class project [11050], registered to John Evans of Lincoln.


Harry C Gammeter, Cleveland OH.

  Gammeter Orthopter

Orthopter 1907 = 1p ornithopter; 7hp @ 1200rpm Curtiss; span: 30'0" length: 12'0". Gross wt: 440#. Those are the total specs found for this creation with bamboo-and-silk flapping wings, double-hinged to the fuselage and flapping 75 strokes per minute. It reportedly "took-off in unmanned tethered flight" (no date) after developing a thrust of 24#, but was not developed further. "Originally, a horizontal flywheel turning at 1500rpm was used for stabilization but was later removed." Listed as an entrant in Flying Machine events at 1907 Intl Aeronautic Tournament in St Louis MO, 21-24 Oct 1907—flying or a static display? Gammeter was member of Aero Club of America and president of Aero Club of Cleveland about that time, also invented and patented in 1903 the multigraph duplicating machine ("Ditto machine"). Thanks to Paul Dunlop for dredging up this info.


Gannet Aircraft Inc, Sun Valley CA.

Super Widgeon c.1955 = STOL modification of Grumman Widgeon; load: 1700# v: 190/170/x range: 1000 (on 158 gallons of fuel). Claimed water take-off in 10 seconds.


J Lester Garbrick, Centre Hall PA.

  Garbrick (clip: Flying)

1941 = 1pOB; Indian Chief motorcycle engine; v: x/50/30. This was Garbrick's 90-lb mini-biplane, built for and flown by his teen-age son, according to a squib in Oct 1949 Flying. Little else is known, but, estimated from a photo, wingspan looks to be about 12'0" and length maybe 10'0".

Lark 1929 = 1pOB; 60hp Roberts; span: 28'4" length: 23'0". Repowered in 1930 with 80hp LeRhône rotary, it continued flying well into the 1960s—and with its original fabric! Stored after Garbrick's death in 1971, it was finally sold in 1977; present whereabouts unknown [529].

Garland Lincoln

Garland Lincoln & Claude Flagg, Van Nuys CA, E Los Angeles CA, Glendale CA.

  Garland Lincoln N.28 [75W] (K O Eckland coll)
  Garland Lincoln N.28 skeleton [75W] (Clark Scott)

1930 = Rebuilt French Nieuport 28 modified for film work. POP: uncertain, but [R4], [R/NR75W], and [2539] were often seen in films. Lincoln's fleet of DH-4s, Nieuports, and "Germanized" Travel Airs was extensive and varied, but only lightly documented. [NR75W] (c/n LF-2) as example, began life as a real rotary-powered N.28 (c/n 1466), rebuilt in 1920, registered around 1932 as [75W] to Lincoln, who rebuilt it with a 220hp Wright in 1935.

  Garland Lincoln LF-1 [N12237] (Marie White)

LF-1 1932 = 1pOB; 100-160hp Gnôme rotary; span: 23'0" length: 19'6"; ff: 8/10/32. POP: 3. [NX/NR/N12237] was the first of three clipped-wing Nieuport 28 replicas for motion picture work built by Flagg for Lincoln, a supplier of aircraft for films (eg: "Dawn Patrol"). The design was so much a duplicate of the original that the fabric once ripped loose on the top wing during a power dive, as was a problem with wartime Nieuports. Repowered c.1950 with 220hp Continental and was active well into the 1970s, used extensively in film and exhibition work by Paul Mantz and Frank Tallman. Two others (c.1934) had 200hp Wright J-4 and I-struts.


Bill Garner, St. Anthony ID.

D-260 Senior Aero Sport c.1967 = 1pOB. [N270PJ].


Don Garrett.

Pokie Okie c.1967 = 1pCmwM; VW motor. [N157G].


Peter Garrison, NYC.

OM-1 Melmoth 1973 = Modification of Pilot Sprite (Great Britain). 2pClwM rg; 210hp Continental IO-360A; span: 23'1" length: 21'4" load: 1400# v: 207/170/75 range: 2,936; ff: 9/6/73. Honeycomb wing with Fowler flaps, wingtip fuel tanks; T-tail. Plans marketed for home-builders. Prototype [N2MU].

Garvan-Burnelli SEE Burnelli

Gary SEE Hoople


B L Gates, Chicago IL.

Gates (Chicago Historical Society DN008646)

1910 = No data on this plane built for entry in one of the popular local air meets. Photo shows pilot M Gustav Strombom at the controls.


1929: (Ivan R) Gates Aircraft Corp, 1440 Broadway, New York NY.

RSV 1929 = 2pOB and 2pOlwM; 100hp Renard; span: 31'3" length: 23'7"; (monoplane) v: 115/90/40 range: 500; (biplane) v: 102/85/28 range: 550. Actually Belgian RSV (Renard, Stampe & Vertongen) 18/100 and 26/100 light tourers, to be built under license in this country by Gates. Claimed spin- and stall-proof; transformation to or from a biplane was claimed in less than two hours. $3,750 as monoplane, $750 more for the biplane kit, but buyer interest was nonexistent. POP: 2 [X118M, X841W] (plus 2 imports, SEE following sidebar). One convertible-wing arrangement was entered in the Guggenheim Safe Airplane Competition at Mitchel Field NY, but was withdrawn for unstated reasons.

The planes had a common fuselage but, contrary to what has been reported in many sources, the RSV 18 monoplane could not be converted to the RSV 26 biplane nor vice versa. However, it has been reported that the type was redesigned on behalf of Gates to adapt it to US production methods, and maybe this also implied that the Gates RSV was convertible, but the Belgian versions were not. RSV 18/100 [O-BAJK], later [OO-AJK], was sold in the USA as [NC157H] in 1931 (this date may have been a bookkeeping exercise only and it probably was imported about 1929), while [O-BRSV], later [OO-RSV], became [NX9163] in 1929. In addition to these two, a small number of each type was built in Belgium. The two Gates registrations quoted above for were probably the only RSVs completed in the USA (but to the Belgian plans or the US plans?) (— Luc Wittemans 10/23/00)

Gates Learjet SEE Learjet

Gates-Day Standard SEE Standard GD


James Henry Gatling, Maney's Neck NC.

Yet another contestant for the laurels of the Wright Brothers is this older brother of the inventor of the Gatling Gun, who claimed to have flown about 100' in 1872 in a ponderous, hand-powered contraption, the design of which, judging from a drawing, looks like it might have been influenced by a cement mixer. It is included in this works for its intrinsic value.


David Gauthier, Seattle WA.

Sport Model 1 1960 = 1pOlwM; 85hp Continental; span: 20'0" length 14'0" load: 315# v: 145/130/80 range: 320. Construction cost $850. POP: 1 [N69Z].


Donald W Whittier, Los Angeles CA.

ST-1A 1931 (2-384) = 1pOM; 65hp Velie M-5, later Cirrus and Kinner. According to research by J M Jarratt, it was acquired by Garland Lincoln for film work, then passed through several other hands locally before its reg was cancelled in 1940. Unknown whether Whittier was designer or builder, but this appears in registers as c/n 1 [NC936Y]. SEE Geiger.


Antoine Gazda, Wakefield RI. Helicopter Engr & Construction Co..

  Gazda Helicospeeder [NC269V] (Andy Henry coll)

Helicospeeder 1946 = 1pCH. Publicity releases claimed the ultimate goal was an airspeed of 300mph! No production records.

Model 100, 101 1947 = 1pCH; 75hp Continental A-75; rotor: 19'6" load: 400# v: 100/x/x. $5,000. All-aluminum construction. POP: 1 [NX69154]. Planned Model 101 was to be 2p version, but no record of its production was found.

Gebhart SEE Bonbrake

Gee Bee


Richard F Geide, Wichita KS.

Headwind c.1967 = 1pChwM; 40 hp VW engine. [N5498E].

Model A Sport 198? = 2pOhwM; 85hp Continental C-85; span: 28'2" length: 19'2" load: 523# v: 93/85/40. Parasol wing, tandem seats.


Robert V Geiger, Wewaka IN.

1932 = 1pOM; 27hp Henderson. [12826] c/n 11-G. Another turns up as Geiger-Whittier ST-1A [936Y], which is identical to Gaviota. Go figure.


Roy K Geltz, Lancaster PA.

Bluebird 1935 = 1pOM; 30hp Aeronca. [15916] c/n 6.

Deluxe 19?? = No data; Henderson. [790W].


2/10/1915: General Aeroplane Co, 1507 Jefferson Ave, E Detroit MI. 8/28/1918: Ended operations.

  General Flying boat (G P Maiorana coll)
  General Striking underside view (G P Maiorana coll)

1916 = 2pOBFb very much in the style of a Curtiss F; 100hp Curtiss OX-5 or Maximotor pusher; span: 38'0" length: 27'8" load: 600#; ff: 11/x/16. Alfred Verville. Mahogany hull and wing floats constructed by Mayea Boat Co (Detroit), three-bladed prop, engine mounted under top wing. Sub-headline in an ad for flight training really went after the wimps: "Instruction in a General Aeroplane's Verville type flying boat will convert the ardent speed motor boat enthusiast to the virile man-making sport of flying." Instead, the Navy purchased the plane for use as a trainer. Two more similar military pushers and two twin-engine seaplanes were ordered in Mar 1917, but there is no record of any more aircraft being built by GAC.

  General on floats (ad: 1917 Flying)
  General on wheels (G P Maiorana coll)

1916 = 2pOBF pusher; no data. Alfred Verville. Twin floats were replaced with wheels for winter operations off the ice of Lake St Clair. In its first flight with wheels in Jan 1917, the pilot overshot the landing area and ended up in open water, destroying the plane.

The floatplane was model "Gamma S," and it was this second plane that crashed after it had been mounted on wheels and rechristened the model "Gamma L." Verville apparently also designed a tractor version of the seaplane. (— Norman Fill 8/9/01)


General Aeronautic Co, 110-112 W 40 St, New York NY.

  General (clip: Apr 1916 Flying)
  General motor (clip: Apr 1916 Flying)

c.1916 = 2pOB; General 12-cyl "semi air-cooled". No specs found. Full-page ad, Apr 1919: "Motors, Biplanes, Monoplanes, Seaplanes."

General, GAC

General Aircraft Corp (Conrad & John W Dietz), Cincinnati OH.

Nighthawk 1928 = 3pOB; 90hp Curtiss OX-5; span: (upper) 36'0" (lower) 26'0" v: 120/102/35-40; aka Dietz Nighthawk. Displayed at a 1928 exhibition, but only as a wind-tunnel scale model, so perhaps that was as big as this one ever got. No record of construction of this design that looked much like a British Hawker Fury.


1928: General Airplanes Corp, 553 Abbott Rd, Buffalo NY (fdrs: Charles S Rieman, A Francis Arcier); 1930: Reorganized as General Airplanes Corp of NY, Mineola NY. 1931: Stockholders' bankruptcy auction 16 May 1931, Roosevelt Field, Long Island NY.

  General 101 minus its props [X59E] (Eaton Chronicles)

101 Surveyor aka Observer 1929 = 5pChwM; two 220hp Wright J-5; span: 60'0" length: 33'6" load: 2862# v: 110/90/55. Special-purpose photo survey plane. POP: 1 [X59E].

  General 102 Byrd Arctic Expedition [X7511]

102 1928 = 3pChwM; 110hp Warner Scarab; ff:7/x/28. A Francis Arcier. POP: 3 folding-wing prototypes [X6788, X7511, X7942].

  General Aristocrat 102-A [NC8656] (Joe Juptner coll)

102-A, -B Aristocrat 1928 (ATC 117, 2-521) = Production models of 102; span: 36'4" length: 25'2" load: 862# v: 105/90/40 range: 540. $6,000; POP: 31 [NC61V, NC83V, C216E, NC275H/NC279H, NC454K/NC458K, NC788N, NC907V, NC959M, C8650/C8659, C9445/C9449]. First few were originally designated 102-B with planned, but not installed, 150hp Wright J-5. (2-521) approved 125hp Warner Scarab in 1936.

102-C, -D 1929 - Proposed models powered by 115hp Axelson and 130hp Comet but there was no found proof of any production.

General 102-E Experimental NACA Zap flaps (NASA)

102-E Aristocrat 1930 (ATC 210) = 102-A with 175hp Wright J-6; span: 36'8" length: 26'6" load: 776# v: 128/110/48 range: 365. $7,500, $5,250 in 1930; POP: 6 [NC280H/NC284H, NC715Y], of which 1 was built in 1931 and also appears as a 102-B [X11311] c/n 43. Planned 1p Postman (modified Cadet) and 2p 165hp Continental Sportsman (or Sportabout) were never built.

102-F Aristocrat 1930 (ATC 2-232) = 102-A with 165hp Continental A-70; span: 36'4" length: 26'3" load: 1525# v: 132/110/45 range: 365. POP: 6 [NC450K/NC452K, NC492K/NC494K], of which 1 was converted from 102-E [NC715Y].

General 107 [NC459K] (Frank Rezich coll)
General 107

107 Mailman 1929 = 1pOswB; 525hp P&W Hornet; span: (upper) 50'0" (lower) 27'0" length: 34'11" load: 3420# v: 146/130/58. A Francis Arcier, Roscoe Markey. Dural-clad monocoque fuselage. POP: 1 [NX459K], sold to Curtiss-Wright Corp as an motor test-bed.

  General 111-C [NC491K]

111-C Cadet 1929 (ATC 229) = 2pOhwM; 110hp Warner Scarab; span: 36'4" length: 25'5" load: 535# v: 110/95/40 range: 325. $3,550-4,000; POP: 2 [NC490K/491K]. Parasol wing; optional motors were 90hp Wright-Gypsy and 113hp Yankee Siemens. One appears in regs without a designation but with a 165hp Wright and c/n 111-X, and might be a modification of this model [X755N].


Hazleton General Aircraft Corp (pres: George B Markle), Hazleton PA (built at Berwyck PA).

Navigator 1928 = 5pChwM; 400hp P&W Wasp Jr.

Pilot 1928 = 4pChwM; 150hp Floco; span: 40'0". Bayard Stewart. Looked like a big Spirit of St Louis, was badly damaged in landing when it ran into a fence and most likely never flew again [X7622] (aka 6p Federal CM-2). Two other types were under development by this fledgling company—a 2p 100hp OhwM called Flyabout, and a 12p tri-motor ChwM creatively named Airliner—neither apparently making it to completion.


1939: Otto Koppen, MIT, Cambridge MA. 1941: General Aircraft Corp, Astoria NY & Lowell MA. 1942: Contract production of CG-4 gliders. 1943: Rights to G-1 Skyfarer went to Grand Rapids Industries, Grand Rapids MI, then in 1945 to Tennessee Aircraft Inc, Nashville TN, who in turn sold rights to Mars Mfg Co.

  General Skyfarer [NX29015] (Aircraft Yearbook)

  General Skyfarer [NX29027]

G-1-80 Skyfarer 1941 (ATC 742) = 2pChwM; 75hp Lycoming GO-145-C2; span: 31'5" length: 22'0" load: 460# v: 100/92/44 range: 350. Otto Koppen, originally as 65hp Puritan [NX20653] in 1939. Two-control system; tricycle gear, twin tails; placarded as non-spinnable. POP: 16 [NC29015/29030], of which one was tested by US Army, but brought no contract [NX29021]. No production recorded by Tennessee Aircraft. SEE Mars M1-80 Skycoupe.


General Airplane Services (Jack Yentzer), Sheridan WY.

Model 11 1953 = Agricultural applicator. 1pCB; 200hp Ranger; load: 1800# v: x/100/40; ff: 10/12/53. J-3 fuselage, PA-18 tail and wings, Whittaker tandem wheel gear. Lower wings, with tip plates, set forward in negative stagger to compensate for heavy engine. POP: 1 [N202A].

General Aero Corporation

1930: General Aero Corp as a holding group.

Eastern Air Express Inc
Gates Flying Service Inc
Holmes Airport Corp
Swallow Airplane Co

General Aviation

1930: Formed as General Aviation Corp when General Motors Corp acquired Fokker Aircraft in 1929. 1930: General Aviation Mfg Co, Baltimore MD with 1930-33 acquisition of Dornier, Berliner-Joyce, Fokker, Pilgrim (American Airplane & Engine Corp) and Thaden (Pittsburgh All-Metal Aircraft Co). 1934: Became North American Aviation Inc. 1935: General Aviation officially dissolved.

GA-38X SEE North American GA-38-X.

  General Aviation GA-43 [X775N] (Clark Scott)
  General Aviation GA-43 [X775N] Not a hangar buzz, but hung on cables for gear retraction tests (North American)
  General Aviation GA-43 [X82Y] (magazine clip)

GA-43, GA-43J 1934 (ATC 527, 2-477) = 12pClwM rg; 700hp Wright R-1820; span: 53'0" length: 43'1" load: 3467# v: 195/170/65 range: 425; ff (as Fairchild 150): 5/22/32. Virginius Clark (Clark-Y airfoil designer). $40,000; POP: 5, of which one was Wright-powered [CH-169], one as GA-43J with 600hp P&W Wasp (load: 2995# v: 160/145/60) to SwissAir [HBITU], and one under (2-477) on floats with 660hp P&W Hornet T1 to PAA [X13904]. Prototype had a fixed gear, which was later made retractable [X775N]. Originally Fairchild 150 and American Pilgrim (1932), sold to General Aviation in Sept 1932. To add to this can of worms, the breed was also seen as Clark GA-43.

General Aviation (Atlantic) SEE Fokker

General Dynamics

General Motors

Eastern Div, General Motors Corp.

F2M 1944 - Design study based on Grumman Wildcat. 1pcwM rg; Wright1350hp R-1820-70W . Project, as XF2M-1, cancelled at end of WW2 with no production.

F3M Bearcat 1945 = Wartime contract for Grumman F8F. POP: 1,876 as F3M-1 [109273/111148].

FM Wildcat, Martlet - Wartime contract for Grumman F4F. Scored the final aerial victory of WW2 by downing a 'Francis' bomber of 8/5/45 near the coast the Japan.

  GMC (Eastern) FM-1 (USN)

FM-1 1942 = Four wing guns. POP: 1,060 [14992/15951, 46738/46837], of which 312 to England's RNAS as Martlet/Wildcat V.

  GMC (Eastern) FM-2 Frank Tallman collection [N4629V] (K O Eckland)

FM-2 1942 = Production of prototype XF4F-8; 1350hp Wright R-1820-56; span: 38'0" length: 28'11" load: 2823# (?>2039#) v: 332/164/75 range: 900 ceiling: 34,500'; ff: 11/8/42. Enlarged tail group to counteract torque, modified cowling. The most-produced version of all the F4Fs. POP: 4,777 [15952/16791, 46838/47437, 55050/55649, 56684/57083, 73499/75158, 86297/86973], included 370 (?>340) to RNAS as Wildcat VI.

P-75 SEE Fisher P-75.

TBM Avenger - Wartime contract for Grumman TBF.

TBM-1 1942 = Production model of TBF-1. POP: 550 [24521/25070].
TBM-1C 1942 = Identical to Grumman TBF-1C. POP: 2,882 [16792/17091, 25071/25174, 25176/25520, 25522/25699, 2570/25720, 34102/34105, 45445/45644, 45646/46444, 73117/73498].
XTMB-3 1943 = Conversion of TBM-1 with Wright XR-2600-20. POP: 3 [25175, 25700, 45645].

  GMC/Grumman TBM-3 art (K O Eckland)

TBM-3 1943 = Production model. 1900hp R-2600; added armor, wing guns; span: 54'2" length: 41'0". POP: 3,111 all TBM-3 versions [22857/23656, 68062/69538, 85459/86292].

  GMC (Eastern) TBM-3C

TBM-3C 1942 = no data.

  GMC (Eastern) TBM-3E

TBM-3E, -3E2 1943 = Strengthened fuselage and wing-pod RT-5/APS-4 radar; TBM-3E2 had additional electronics. POP: 646 [91107/91752].

TBM-3H 1943 = Surface search radar added.

TBM-3J 1943 = Production model of TBF-1J.

TBM-3L 1943 = Production model of TBF-1L.

TBM-3M 1943 = TBM-3 converted to missle launcher.

TBM-3P 1943 = Photo-recon version.

TBM-3Q 1943 = Research vehicle.

TBM-3R 1944 = 7-8p transport modification.

TBM-3S, 3S2 1946 = Conversion to ASW after WW2.

TBM-3U 1944 = Target tug.

  GMC-Grumman TBM-3W2 (USN)

TBM-3W, -3W2 1944 = Added tail fins and APS-20 radar, armament removed; TBM-3W2 had upgraded avionics and belly radar pod for testing by USN Special Devices Ctr at Port Washington NY.

XTBM-4 1943 = Stronger redesigned folding wings. POP: 3 [97673/97675].

General-Western, Air Transport

1930: General-Western Aero Corp Ltd (fdrs: Albin Peterson & L F Vremsak), Burbank CA; 1931: Goleta CA. 1935: Rights bought by Air Transport Mfg Co (pres: E L Hollywood), 614 W Colorado Blvd, Glendale CA.

Bantam, Phantom 1930 (ATC 2-285) = 2pOhwM; 100hp Kinner K-5. Albin Peterson. POP: 1 prototype [X188W]; evolved into P-2 Meteor series. Name changed to Phantom late 1930.

B-6 (Air Transport) 1935 = 6p twin-engine version of Kreutzer T-6; two 250hp Wright J-5. (SEE T-6 below).

P-1 Meteor - Likely a redesignation or interim name of Bantam. None recorded built as P-1. SEE ALSO Clark & Wood.

  General-Western P-2-S [NC12254]

P-2-S Meteor 1932 (ATC 482) = 2pOhwM; 100hp Kinner K-5; span: 32'0" length: 24'2" load: 613# v: 130/105/40 range: 420. Albin Peterson. $3,280; POP: about 6, the last of which was converted to a cropduster with 220hp Continental [NX188W, NC958Y, NC12238, NC12254, NC12260, NC12294]. Renamed Air Transport P-2-S in 1935; load: 623 v: 135/110/35 range: 450.

P-2-T Meteor 1932 (ATC 488) = No-frills trainer modification of 2-S; load: 581# v: 115/105/40 range: 400. POP: 1 conversion [X/NC188W] from 2-S via the original Bantam; aka Air Transport T-2 in 1935.
T-6 Air Coach (Air Transport) 1935 (ATC 223) = Planned remanufacture of Kreutzer T-6. POP: 1 Kreutzer conversion [NC995Y] but no record of new production.

Genie SEE N S A

Georgias Special

Vern Georgia & Herb Hecker, Bloomington MN.

  Georgias Special

1929 = 1pOhwM; 28hp Lawrance motorcycle engine; span: 28'0" length: 17'0". The original of this widely-advertised kit-builder's project did not fly during Georgia's ownership. Plans drawn by Orville Hickman (who welded the fuselage for Georgia) were published in 1931, and he is often mistakenly credited with the design and manufacture. [366V].


Harry L Gephart, Silver City NM.

1930 = 2pM; LeBlond. [932Y].


Al Geraci, Roselle IL.

Advance Jeep-O-Plane c.1957 = 2pCB; Continental(?) pusher. A highly original machine. Judging from photos, the span was not more than 8'. Wingtips were connected via large endplates on each side, making the airplane look like an open box. The rear-mounted engine drove a pusher prop. Rudders mounted on the endplates, additional fin area above the engine, horizontal tail on a boom. [N275].


George W "Bud" Gere Jr, Minneapolis MN.

Crusader 1935 = 1pOB; 62hp Velie M-5; span: 20'0" length: 16'0" v: x/80/45. This begs a question because Gere was killed in an ice-boat accident in late 1932. It could have been a copy by some home-builder from plans of the Gere published in Modern Mechanics magazine of Nov 1932.

Sport 1932 = 1pOB; 40hp Szekely SR-5 or Ford A; span: 19'0" length: 16'4" v: 95. Popular home-builder's project of the time had numerous design and motor variations. Claimed that the basic design evolved into the EAA Biplane of the 1960s.


W F Gerhardt & E L Pratt, Dayton OH.

Autogiro 19?? = No data.

If this is the one that Olympian Joanna De Tuscan supposedly pedaled and got to rise vertically, sure wish I could find a picture or drawing of it. I did find a brief description today, that's new to me, describing it as an "autogiro Rotor quatre pales" (meaning "four blades"). I gather from other descriptions that there were two rotors with a blade at each end? (— Steve Koons 12/26/07)

  Gerhardt Cycloplane Caution for wake turbulence! (Nov 1933 Popular Aviation)

Cycloplane 1923 = An ungainly, pedal-powered "flying venetian blind" creation that collapsed under its own weight on its attempted test flight and is often seen on those "unusual machines" clips on television. Monocoque fuselage had seven 40' wings of 18" chord with what appears to be an economy of bracing. Towering 19', it stood higher than it might have flown. Balsa spars and leading edges, all other framework was spruce. The power train was built up from a bicycle and geared to the propeller. Gerhardt, an aero engineer at McCook Field, staked his claim as first to have flown with pedal-power, but proof of a first flight on 7/22/23, was not found.


Matilda Geselle, Wichita KS.

Monoplane 1927 = 3pOM; 90hp Curtiss OX-5; span: 37'0" length: 24'6". POP: 1 [1910]; reg cancelled 1/25/29.


Gene Geuther, Lansdale PA.

  Geuther Angel Kitten [N3303H] (Kim Geuther Talman coll)

Angel Kitten 1948 = 1pOB; Continental(?); span: 16'0" length: 12'0" v: 170/140/x. Mini-biplane [N3303H].


Charles Gilbert, Dorset OH.

Toots aka Model 30 1933 = 1pCM; 80hp Gnôme rotary. [13527] c/n 700TS; reg cancelled 12/15/34.


Howard W Gill.

1910-11 = Several 1-2pOB Curtiss copies noted with hyphenate credits (eg: the Gill-Dosch machine flown by Hillery Beachey at the 1910 Dominguez Air Meet in Los Angeles). Although an advocate for Curtiss airplanes, Gill was killed while flying a Wright EX, in a mid-air collision in Sep 1912.


G Curtis Gillespie, Brooklyn NY.

  Gillespie Concept art (clip: 6/24/1905 Scientific American via Paul Dunlop)
  Gillespie Concept art (ibid, via Paul Dunlop)

c.1905 = An early attempt at aircraft design looking more like a collection of barn doors and a boxy control cart being held together by more piano wires than on a parlor piano and coaxed aloft by seven huge propellers reportedly made of metal ("aluminium"). How aloft it actually ever got is unknown as flight info was lacking. SEE specs & data.

The article ... mentions that the wheel controls a couple flaps at the front and that there was a 20hp engine. The entire craft seems only 24-30 inches high, and the pilot had to lay on his stomach. As to steering, it goes into a lengthy discussion as to how a bird instinctively reacts in the air and says the pilot of this craft will do much the same—in other words, there's no steering!. (— Steve Koons 12/26/07)


P E Gillette, Salt Lake City UT.

1910 = Evolving from his earlier motorized balloon project, Gillette's airplane used gas to offset some of its weight in hollow hydrogen-filled wings made of aluminum and silk. Unlike most planes at the time, the motor was in front and the pilot in the rear for balance. Two propellers located in the back pushed while a third prop in front pulled the aircraft. It had a rudder in the rear, an elevating vane in front, and its wings were movable in flight much like those of a bird. In Feb 1910, Gillette demonstrated a working model to convince some local businessmen his design would fly but it apparently failed to generate any funding, for Gillette and his creation were not heard of again.


(Carl) Gillis Aircraft Co, Battle Creek MI.

Crusader 1927 = 4pChwM; 125hp Ryan-Siemens; span: 32'9" length: 23'0" v: 110/90/45 range: 420. Side-by-side cabin. Edward A Stalker, Lawrence V Kerber. [NX4918].


Lynn W Gilkey, New Castle PA.

Sport 1933 = 2pOM; 65hp Ford. [2684].


Lyman Gilmore Jr, Grass Valley CA. 1909: Colfax Aeroplane Co. 1910: Gilmore Airship Co.

  Gilmore (WW1 Aero)
  Gilmore Field 1908 map

c.1908 = Fact is difficult to separate from folk legend surrounding the doings of eccentric, reclusive inventor Gilmore. Any proof of his conquest of the air was lost in a 1935 hangar fire, along with his two planes and evidence supporting his claim to have flown a steam-powered aircraft long before the Wright Brothers, in May 1902. There does exist a witnessed document, dated 4/27/1898, showing a pusher-tractor aircraft design, so at the least Gilmore was a visionary. It was that design he used in his huge 2400# oddity with its ungainly birdlike wings and an abundance of struts—it never left the hangar. He died at age 77 in his unheated, boarded-up house on 2/19/51, still working on drawings.

1911 = 2pOmwM; 35 or 50hp Roberts. First attempt at flight on 9/21/11, failed with a broken crankshaft; a second try on 3/17/12, succeeded only in proving the plane was too heavy (1600#) to fly. Undated photos of his flying field, "Gilmore Aerodrome," show this monoplane in his barn-hangar along with the larger aircraft. Despite lack of documentation, Gilmore is regarded as a California aviation pioneer for his contributions to early aviation, and patented drawings prove him to be at least a visionary with concepts of the monoplane, the retracting landing gear, and the enclosed cabin.


Charles W Gilpin, Los Angeles CA.

1925 = 6pOB; 180hp Hisso E; span: 45'5" length: 26'5"; ff: 11/x/25. Likely a Standard J-1 modified for passenger carrying. POP: 1 [NC2516]. Reg cancelled 10/30/28.

Girard SEE Call Mayfly


David L Gittens, Santa Fe NM.

  Gittens Ikenga

Ikenga 1988 = 1pCAg; 95hp 2-cycle Suzuki 530Z; rotor: 23'0" length: 10'11" v: 125/x/25 range: 353. POP: 1 [N5032] c/n DK001. Won 1988 EAA Rotorcraft Reserve Grand Champion Award; donated to NASM 1994.

Glasair, Glastar SEE Stoddard-Hamilton

Glatfelter, Galaxie

1955: Edward W Glatfelter, Newton Square PA. 196?: Galaxie Corp (pres: E W Glatfelter).

G-100, -100A Glaticopter 1968 = 1pCH; 65hp Continental A-65; rotor: 25'8" length: 23'2" load: 205# v: 75/65/0 range: 40. Modified XRG-65 [N6576D]. Developed also as a 2p version G-100A with 100hp Continentel O-200-A; load: 255#.

XRG-65 1959 = 1pOH; 65hp Continental; rotor: 25'0" length: 19'0" load: 200# v: 75/65/0 range: 40. Research in new ideas in rotor control and drive systems. [N6576D].


Albert Gleek Jr, 73 Garfield Ave, Paterson NJ.

1933 = 2pOB; 90hp Curtiss OX-5. POP: 1 [13257] c/n A-1; letter to CAA on 6/13/34 advised it was "now being converted to single-place high-wing monoplane." License cancelled 7/1/35. Gleek also bought the Kauffman A biplane in Oct 1933 [534], rebuilt and recovered it, then rebuilt it again as a 1pOhwM in Aug 1934. License expired 10/15/35 and its known path ends there.


G M Glendenning & A L Kennedy, Ontario CA.

Special 1, 2 c.1958 = 1pOB; 65hp Lycoming; span: 19'0" length: 14'0" load: 250# v: x/90/35 (data for Special 2). POP: 1 [N5155x]. Special 1 was a modified Stits Playboy.


H P "Glen" Warren & John G Montijo, San Luis Obispo CA.

1927 = 6pChwM; 250hp Menasco-Salmson B-2; v: 130/x/40. Class project at California Polytechnic College under the instruction of Warren and Montijo [5278] c/n WM-1; aka Warren & Montijo Monoplane. Sold 8/1/28 to Long Beach car-dealer C B Bellows, who changed its name to Belmont in 1929 and hired Montijo as pilot. Sold to Monty Mason 7/16/32, who rebuilt it as 1pClwM Mason Greater Meteor with 420hp P&W Wasp and fuselage fuel tank, reregistered [NR5278] c/n M-200. SEE Sidebar; ALSO Mason, Warren.


Timothy A Glenn, Detroit MI.

1931 = 1pOlwM; Anzani. [11363] c/n OC-2. The absence of c/n OC-1 leads one to think there might have been an earlier model of this particular design.

1935 = 1pOlwM; 65hp Velie. [15796] c/n OC-3.

Monoplane 1929 = No data, but a Henderson motor. [485M] c/n S-1.


1947: Frontline Helicopter Corp. 1950: Glenview Metal Products Co, Delanco NJ.

GMP-1 Fly-Ride c.1954 = 2pCH; 140hp Lycoming O-290D; length: 36'0" load: 400# v: 118/95/0 range: 220. William E Hunt. Simplified control system, only a stick and throttle. POP: 1 prototype. Was flown in 1947 with a 90hp Franklin as Hunt Hummingbird.


Glidaire Co, 119 E Martin St, San Antonio TX.

1931 = A sailplane with minimum power, as noted in [11009], c/n LX-12, with its Johnson Sea Horse outboard motor. Production data unknown.


Glideoplane & Engine Co Inc, 1220 N Western Ave, Oklahoma City OK.

1931 = Powered glider. 1p OlwM; 40hp Continental. POP: about 4 [664W, 978N, X11001, et al]; the rest were unpowered gliders.


1939: Bennett Aircraft Co (R S "Pop" Johnson"), Dallas TX. 1942: Reorganized as Globe Aircraft Corp (from Globe Medicine Co (fdr: John Kennedy)), Fort Worth TX. 1946: Subcontract to TEMCO, Grand Prairie TX. 1947: Globe into bankruptcy, assets and production to TEMCO. 19??: GC-1A rights acquired by Swift Museum Foundation Inc.

  Globe BTC-1 [NC18960] (Frank Rezich coll)

BTC-1 1942 = 8pClwM rg; two 285hp Jacobs L-5; span: 48'2" length: 30'6" load: 2405# v: 206/196/62 range: 850. POP: 1 from Bennett BTC-1 [NC18960] (qv).

  Globe GC-1 Prototype with Pop Johnson [NC17688] (Robert A Brown coll)

GC-1 Swift 1942 (ATC 753) = 2pClwM rg; 80hp Continental A-80; span: 29'0" length: 18'11" load: 543# v: 130/120/47 range: 440. R S Johnson. Sporty prototype constructed with Duraloid because of metal shortage, had 65hp Continental [NX17688] c/n 1. Second prototype [NX17690] c/n 2 was also wooden, scrapped in 1943. Project shelved until 1946, as Globe produced Beech AT-10 and Curtiss C-46 under wartime subcontracts, then redesigned in metal. Johnson left the company in 1942 to develop his Johnson Rocket and Bullet.

  Globe GC-1A [NC80731] (William T Larkins)

GC-1A Swift 1944 (ATC 766) = 85hp Continental C-85; span: 29'4" length: 19'8" load: 620# v: 130/120/42 range: 480. K H "Bud" Knox redesign. First prototype, [NX/N17640] c/n 1, was made of wood, second prototype in 1945 [N33336] was all-metal, as were subsequent production aircraft in 1945-46. $3,250; POP: 375 (?>428, probably including TEMCO production).

  Globe GC-1B [NC3321K] (William T Larkins)

GC-1B Swift Deluxe (TEMCO) 1946 = 125hp Continental C-125; load: 600# v: 150/140/48 range: 512. Aeromatic propeller, modified nose shape. POP: 329. SEE TEMCO.


E (Eugene) Gluhareff Helicopter Corp, Palm Springs FL.

MEG-1X, -2X c.1959 = 1pOH; rotor 20'0" load: 200# v: 55/x/0 range: 15. A strap-on helicopter with tip-jet, single-blade rotor. A two-bladed version as MEG-2X was also built and test-flown, but no data were found.

MEG-3X c.1960 = 1pOH; load: 265#. Flying platform with tip-jet rotor.


A T Gmoser Jr, Milwaukee WI.

Trainer 1934 = 2pOM; 80hp Cirrus. [13696].


Norman A Goddard, San Diego and Imperial CA.

  Goddard Essie-V (1955 EAA Experimenter)

Essie-V 1927 = 2pOB; 90hp Curtiss OX-5; span: 28'0" length: 19'0" v: 110/95/x. Fuselage converted from a wartime British SE5a fighter.

Monoplane 1927 = 2pChwM; 220hp Wright J-5; span: 42'0" length: 26'0". Initially with 180hp Hisso E. Fuselage design was based on mathematical studies of the Pacific salmon. POP: 1, fitted with a 360-gallon fuel tank as Dole Race El Encanto [NX5074] (p: N A Goddard & K C Hawkins), it ground-looped on take-off and was destroyed.


Alfred A Gohn, E Warren PA.

A 1938 = 1pOB; 90hp LeBlond. [NX20675].


Adolph Golasky, Rising Sun School of Aeronautics, Collegeville PA.

G2-1 1932 = 2pOB; Lee motor. Not much data found on an attractive, Bird-type plane built as a student project. [X11681] c/n G-2-1, owned then by Lee Motors Corp, Collegeville PA.

Golden Arrow

Golden Arrow Aircraft Co, Columbus OH.

Sport 1930 = 1pOB; 65hp Continental A-65. POP: reportedly 5, of which 2 were destroyed in a hangar fire. No reg numbers found.

V J Berinati was unable to find any evidence of this operation, and Columbus Aviation Museum finds no record of any company called Golden Arrow. Suspicion is that it was a "paper" company only. (— John M Jarratt 9/23/02)

Golden Eagle, Bone Golden Eagle

1928: R O Bone Co, 415 E Industrial Ave, Inglewood CA. 1929: Reorganized as Golden Eagle Aircraft Corp, Port Columbus OH. 1930: Bought by Joe Mackey & Associates.

ROBC Sport aka P-1 (Bone) 1928 = Produced, or converted, by Bone prior to the Golden Eagles [X10005]. SEE listing for Bone for information.

C-51928 (2-107) = 1-2pOhwM; 60hp LeBlond 5D; span: 30'6" length: 21'0" load: 500# v: 90/75/30 range: 300. Mark M Campbell. Parasol wing. POP: 3, of which the first two were 1p Campbell Super Sport prototypes with 36hp Anzani [X236M, X7383]. Possibly also called Bone Parasol P-2, with one appearing thusly on records [464].

  Golden Eagle Chief [NC5246] (Frank Rezich coll)

Chief 1929 (ATC 202) = 2p C-5 with 90hp LeBlond 7D; length: 20'6" load: 560# v: 120/98/38 range: 500. $2,990; $1,800 less motor; POP: 10, of which 3 were built by Mackey & Associates in 1931. Three prototypes were destroyed in spin-induced crashes in 1929 before design corrections were made. One earned fame in endurance and distance record flights by Bobbi Trout in 1929, as well as setting a new class altitude record of 15,200' [X10071].

Junior Pursuit 1929 = Variant of Chief with 90hp Kinner K5. POP: 1 [X254V].


Al J Gonserkevis, Sevell NJ.

Cherokee 1972 = 2pClwM; 108hp Lycoming O-235; span: 27'0" length:21'0" load: 600# v: 125/104/x. All metal, side-by-side. [N2045].


1910: Arthur and Willie Gonzales, 435 16th Ave, San Francisco CA. 1915: (Flying School) Los Angeles CA. 1920: Ended operations.

1912 = 1pOB; 35hp Kemp I-4; span: 38'9" length: 35'0". Flown for a few years around Woodland CA, to where the brothers boxed and shipped the airplane by rail since San Francisco had an ordinance at the time prohibiting flying machines within city limits. Ultimately stored in a shed until 1974, when it was rebuilt as a static display at Travis (AFB) Air Museum.


1909: Goodland Aviation Co, Goodland KS.

1909 = No recorded data found about one aircraft known to have been built.


Claude Goodman, Wilmington NC.

1927 = 1pOmwM; 18hp Indian motorcycle engine. Home-built creation heavily influenced by Blériot.


1909: Aviation Products, Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co, Akron OH. 1923: Goodyear-Zeppelin Corp, Goodyear Aircraft Corp. 1940: Goodyear Aircraft Corp (pres: P W Lichtfield). 1959: Goodyear Aerospace Corp.


F2G Corsair - Wartime contract for Vought F4U, with carrier gear and 3000hp P&W R-4360-4, as interceptor specifically to combat kamikaze planes. POP: SEE production batches. Unofficially "Super Corsair."

  Goodyear F2G-1 Racing conversion [N5590N]

F2G-1 1945 = POP: 5 [88454/88458].

XF2G-1 1945 = Unarmed FG-1 converted for testing in the aborted F2G program; 3000hp P&W R-4360-4. POP: 7 [12992, 13471/13472].

F2G-2 1945 = span: 41'0" length: 33'10" load: 3097# v: 431/190/92 range (ferry): 1190 ceiling: 38,800'. POP: 5 [88459/88463] (?>[88459/88468]).

FG Corsair - Wartime contract for Vought F4U without folding wings. POP: SEE production batches.
  Goodyear FG-1 (USN)

FG-1, -1A 1943 = POP: 3,808, of which 977 to England as Corsair IV.

  Goodyear FG-1D (USN)

FG-1D 194? = 2250hp P&W R-2800-8W; span: 40'11" length: 33'4" load: 3345# v: 425/182/87 range: 1015 ceiling: 38,000'. POP: 2,302, of which 1 converted to FG-3; 60 to RNZAF and 828 to RNAS as Corsair.

FG-2 SEE XF2G-1.

FG-3 194? = POP: 26 high-altitude conversions of FG-1 [76450 et al]. None was used in combat.

FG-4 - Cancelled.

GA-1 Duck 1944 = 2pChwMAm; 107hp Franklin 4AC pusher, replaced by 125hp Franklin after a few flights; span: 36'0" length: 26'0" load: 525# v: 115/105/53. Karl Arnstein. POP: 1 prototype built and flight-tested with 125hp Franklin 6A4, then scrapped in 1949 [NX36280]; two more partially assembled and modified into GA-2.

  Goodyear GA-2 [NC35261] (Frank Rezich coll)

GA-2 Duck 1946 (ATC 784) = 3pChwMAm; 145hp Franklin 6A4 pusher; span: 36'0" length: 26'0" load: 700# v: 125/108/53 range: 310. Fabric covered wings. POP: 31, none of which was sold, but used only as dealer demonstrators. Four sets of wings were sold for use on the 1947 Fulton Airphibian.

  Goodyear GA-2B [NC5504M] (Eddie Coates coll)

GA-2B Duck 1949 = 165hp Franklin 6A4; v: 125/112/x range: 450. Increasing production costs forced abandonment of series. POP: 6, of which one went to Sweden [NX5506M]. The last remaining example was scrapped in 1965.
GA-22 Drake c.1951 = 3-4pChwMAm; 190hp Continental E-185; span: 37'11" load: 1000# v: 133/119/55 range: 390 (650 as 3p). Metal-wing version of GA-2. POP: 1 [NX5515M], later converted to -22A.
GA-22A Drake 1952 (1A12) = 225hp Continental E-225; span: 37'11" load: 1030# v: 137/120/63 range: 575 (865 as 3p). POP: 2 [NX5515M (from GA-22), NC5516M].
  Goodyear GA-33 [NC39635] (unknown magazine clip)

GA-33, -447 Inflatoplane 1956 = 1pOmwM; 40hp Nelson H-63A; ff: 2/13/56 (p: Dick Ulm). Inflatable, rubber air-mass construction, somewhat like a giant inner-tube. Structural integrity was retained in flight with forced air being continually circulated by the motor, and required less air pressure than the average auto tire. Designed and built in only 12 weeks. Take-off run on grass was 390'. Concept based on Taylor McDaniel inflatable rubber glider experiments in 1931. POP: 1 [N39635], led to subsequent improved, enclosed-cockpit GA-447 with new wing design (span: 34'0") for military evaluation; tested with various gear arrangements, from tricycle to uniwheel, also on a hydroskid for operations on water.
AO-2 Inflatoplane (Model 466) 1957 = 2p; 65hp McCulloch 4318-E; load: 450#. POP: 1 as XOA-3-GI [57-6537].

  Goodyear AO-3 (Goodyear Corp)

AO-3 Inflatoplane (Model 468) 1957 = 1p; 44hp Nelson H-63A; span: 28'0" length: 19'8" v: 70/55/43; ff: 5/28/57 (p: Dick Ulm). POP: 5 for USAF as XOA-3-GI [57-6532/6536] and reportedly 5 for USN Office of Naval Research, but a search of USN regs failed to produce any information.

GA-400R Gizmo 1957 = 1pOH; water-cooled two-cycle engine; rotor: 20'0" load: 220# v: 60/46/0 range: 50. Designed to serve as a courier, liaison or tactical vehicle.


Frank Gordon dba The Airplane Factory, Los Molinos and Red Bluff CA.

A-3 c.1929 = 2-3pOhwM; 150hp Hisso; span: 36'0" length: 26'0" load: 1000# v: 120/100/x range: 800. Spruce and mahogany parasol wing, steel tube frame with fabric cover. Christened Miss Tehama [NX74M].

The "Factory" was a former cannery in Los Molinos owned by Charles F Stryker where, at the request of Stryker in 1928 as a partner, Gordon towed an airplane he had begun building in Los Angeles. The plane flew at Red Bluff several times, then was grounded by new CAA regulations, reported to have finally deteriorated in a nearby field from exposure to the elements. (— John M Jarratt 4/4/01)

Gotch & Brundage

Gus Gotch & Tom Brundage, Dycer Airport, Los Angeles CA.

  Mason Meteor M [R12239] (Clark Scott coll)

Special 1932 = 1pOlwM; 60hp Velie. Racer, repowered with 90hp Lambert for the 1933 Nationals, never made it to the starting gate [X/R12239]. Renamed Mason Meteor M (p: Monty G Mason) for 1934-35 competitions.

Gould, Content & Loening


1909 = OBF; unknown motor; span: 26'0" length (probably the hull): 10'0". Described in 1909 Jane's as "boatlike, intended to rise from water." Bamboo wing frames covered with rubberized cloth. Reported as being built "on the Hudson by aeronautical students at Columbia University." Could be one of Grover Loening's first projects.

"It's easy to make a million dollars in aviation. You simply start with two million dollars." — anonymous