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Verville Sperry M-1 Messenger Military Aircraft

The Verville-Sperry M-1 Messenger was a communications aircraft designed by Alfred V. Verville in 1921 for the United States Army Air Service and built by Sperry Aircraft Company. The Sperry M-1 Messenger was not very successful in it's designated role and in consequence only 42 were built. The Sperry M-1 Messenger was used to develop the "Air Ship Hook" as shown on the picture above, this was a device to allow an aircraft to hook on to an airship in flight and a Sperry M-1 Messenger did in fact made the first airship "hook on and release" in December 1924, twelve Messengers were converted into the radio-controlled Messenger Aerial Torpedo (R/C flying bomb).

Verville Sperry M-1 Messenger Military Aircraft


Sperry M-1 Messenger Specifications:

  • Crew: Pilot only
  • Length: 17 ft 9 in
  • Wingspan: 20 ft 0 in
  • Height: 6 ft 9 in
  • Empty weight: 623 lb
  • Gross weight: 862 lb
  • Engine: single 60 hp (45 kW) Lawrance L-4 three-cylinder radial engine
  • Maximum speed: 97 mph ( km/h)
  • Rate of climb: 700 ft/min ( m/s)

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