The Beachey-Eaton Biplane

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Beachey and the Beachey-Eaton Biplane at Grant Park,
Chicago, Illinois. The first public appearance of the "Little Looper."

Beachey, Art Mix and the Beachey-Eaton Biplane

One of Beachey's Theme Songs, "Too Much Mustard"

Another of Beachey's Theme Songs, "This Is The Life"

Film of Beachey in the Beachey-Eaton Biplane racing an automobile - 1914

Drawing by Chance M. Vought - May 23, 1914 issue of AERO and HYDRO magazine

Relics of The Beachey-Eaton Biplane
"Little Looper"
(LEFT) A copper-plated bolt used to secure strut fittings. (RIGHT) A piece of fabric which formed part of the letter "A" in "BEACHEY" on the top wing.

The BEACHEY-EATON BIPLANE, known to many as the "Little Looper," was built in Chicago during a three-month period in early 1914. The aeroplane appeared to be simply a smaller version of the Curtiss Model D Headless biplane, but, in truth, it differed in many significant ways. It was designed and built to be an aerobatic (a term not then in use) "trick" (a term then in use) biplane and so was stronger, faster and more agile than its larger Curtiss Model D Headless cousin. The 80 h.p. Gnôme Monosoupape ("single valve") rotary engine provided sufficient power for the aeroplane to exceed 80 m.p.h. in level flight.

Jump to the ROTEC Radial Engines web site to see Jim Hoyle's wonderful ROTEC-powered "Little Looper" which is closely modeled on Vern Dallman's "Little Looper." Afterwards, use your browser's BACK button to return to The LINCOLN BEACHEY Web Site.

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