The Beachey-Eaton Monoplane

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The BEACHEY-EATON MONOPLANE was built in San Francisco in late 1914 and early 1915. The aeroplane shared many features with the Morane-Saulnier Monoplane, but has often been referred to erroneously as a Taube monoplane. The same 80 h.p. Gnôme Monosoupape ("single valve") rotary engine used in the Beachey-Eaton Biplane was also used in the Beachey-Eaton Monoplane and enabled the monoplane to exceed 100 m.p.h. in level flight.

Starting the Beachey-Eaton Monoplane on its last flight

Art Mix - 1914

Art Mix, Beachey's friend and mechanician, talks about Beachey's last flight.

Special thanks are given to John Sippel for supplying the audio tape of Art Mix.

"There were 50,000 people standing around there..."

"... waiting to see this new monoplane take off."

"It was up and away... it climbed very fast..."

"As he started up and passed a statue..."

"...he flew west, into eternity..."

"...he never came back..."

"That action broke the rear spars of the wings..."

"He fell into (the) water alongside of the transport Crook."

Beachey's body being lifted from his Beachey-Eaton Monoplane

Drawing by Paul Palmer - January, 1915 - flying wires and propeller incorrectly shown -
overall configuration correct - wing section and strut detail deleted

Film of the second test flight of the Beachey-Eaton Monoplane

A Relic of The Beachey-Eaton Monoplane

The control column and wheel of The Beachey-Eaton Monoplane

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