Display Model: 1917

Display Model: 1917

National Aero Coast Patrol Commission. Curtiss hydroaeroplane or flying boat exhibited near the house office building. Photograph taken in 1917. Photo by Harris & Ewing. Vintage photograph provided by LOC. Original Medium: glass negative.


Curtiss model "F" flying boat.

My father, Mark B. Brann, taught himself to fly in a 1917 Curtiss model "F" flying boat in Long Island Sound, NY near the town of Rye.
It was 1922 and he had recently returned home from the war in Europe as an infantryman. The hull was wood (Mahogany) and the engine was a "pusher" with the propeller at the rear of the engine, pushing rather than the more common pulling configuration. I believe that the ship still lies at the bottom of the sound after the second forced landing
he made. Both times he was rescued by local fishermen.
There was an article in the Mt. Vernon Daily Argus about the demise of the flying boat in 1924.