AEA White Wing
Role Early experimental aircraft
Manufacturer Aerial Experimental Association
Designer Frederick W. Baldwin
First flight 18 May 1908
Status Destroyed in crash
Primary user Aerial Experiment Association
Produced 1908
Number built 1

The White Wing (or Aerodrome #2) was an early US aircraft designed by Frederick W. Baldwin and built by the Aerial Experiment Association in 1908. Unusual for aircraft of its day, it featured a wheeled undercarriage. The wings were equipped with ailerons controlled by a harness worn around the pilot's body; leaning in one direction would cause the aircraft to bank to follow. The ailerons led to a legal dispute with the Wright brothers over the brothers' patent on movable wing surfaces.[1]

First piloted by Baldwin himself on 18 May and the aircraft flew very well. White Wing was then piloted by Lt Thomas Selfridge at Hammondsport, New York, on 19 May 1908 (becoming the first US Army officer to fly an airplane)[2] and then Glenn Curtiss made a flight of 1,017 ft (310 m) in it on 21 May. On 23 May, it crashed during a landing by John McCurdy and was damaged beyond repair.

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  1. ^ a b Eckland, K.O. "Aircraft Ab - Ak"., May 2, 2009. Retrieved: January 26, 2012. Archived December 5, 2012, at the Wayback Machine
  2. ^ "Lt. Thomas Etholen Selfridge ." US Air Force. Retrieved: 24 February 2012. Archived 22 October 2012 at the Wayback Machine


  • Phillips, Alan (1977). Into the 20th Century, 1900. Natural Science of Canada. ISBN 978-0-919644-22-9.