See Different Eras and Types of Aircraft Engines on Display
Herring-Curtiss Single-Stroke Aircraft Engine
A Treasure Worthy of the Smithsonian
1908 or 1909 Herring-Curtiss 4-stroke, 4-cylinder
water-cooled aircraft engine designed by aviation pioneer Glenn Curtiss. It has a Berling magneto and internal
Ford Model-T car parts, including the crankshaft. There’s a 1912 stamp in the front timing cover and “Herring-Curtiss”
stamped on the oil pan/crankshaft cover. Parts were probably switched from
other engines because there is evidence of damage, such as a thrown rod or a
This is one of the earliest aircraft engines ever made. It was used by Curtiss in his Golden
Flyer biplane, also known as the Curtiss No. 1 (the first aircraft both
designed and built by Curtiss). Curtiss flew the Golden Flyer to win the
Scientific American trophy in 1909.
Later that year, the Golden Flyer crashed and was badly damaged.
The Museum’s engine arrived at OAM as a box of parts with
the comment “I think it may be an airplane engine.” The engine was restored and identified in 2010 by the
Aviation Club at Los Altos (Ca) High School, under the guidance of Greg Ely,
OAM Crew Chief and Museum Trustee.
Oakland Aviation Engine Room has a variety of aircraft engines, engine parts and historical displays.
Something every student and fan of aviation must see.
What it takes to be an aircraft engine mechanic?
A fascination with aviation
and be mechanically inclined.
If you've ever considered a career as an airframe maintenance technician - OAM is a great place to see aircraft engines up close.