Weight 1075 lbs.
Speed 86 MPH
Climb, 4000 ft. in 10 minutes with two passengers, pilot and fuel for 2 1/2 hrs.
Climb, pilot alone, 3000 ft. in 4 1/2 minutes.
A wonderful stunting outfit.
A money maker for passenger carrying, etc.
Courtesy of David Balanky
In 1910 Mr. Laird saw his first airplane __ A Wright Brothers -- near Chicago. Even though he was working days as a clerk in the 1st National Bank downtown, all his spare time and thoughts were directed toward flying. From 1915 till World War I he "barnstormed" the midwest to encourage cities to create airports and publicize flying. During World War I he was a civilian flying instructor until he had an accident and was hospitalized for nine months. During this convalescence in 1918, he designed the first airplane to be sold in the commercial market. Laird Swallow Manufacturing Company was formed in Wichita, Kansas, and the first "Swallow" was built and flown in 1920. For three years he ran this company and sold out to other interests so he could devote his time to developing designs for other airplanes which developed into "Airmail" as well as forming the nucleus for our present day airlines. His airplanes won the 1st Thompson Air Race in 1930 and Jimmy Doolittle won the Bendix Race in one of his airplanes. He continued to manufacture sub assemblies for aircraft through World War II and then he retired.
January 1972, Number 78
Here you may view a listing
of the planes and engines on display in the museum,
including Matty Laird's Swallow.
Simply click on either Planes or Engines.
I invite you to click on the name Harold Warp Pioneer Village, and follow the "MUSEUM" link where you will find a general description of the airplane collection.
March 1976, Number 82
You will find a whole page devoted to his planes,
many with pictures, on the AEROFILES website.
You can visit that reference by clicking on:
E. M. "Matty" Laird
Plan to spend some time on this wonderful site.