No. 1 / Gold Bug / Golden Flyer
Role Pioneer era aircraft
Manufacturer Herring-Curtiss Company
Designer Glenn Curtiss
First flight 1909
Retired 24 July 1909
Number built 1

The Curtiss No. 1 also known as the Curtiss Gold Bug or Curtiss Golden Flyer was a 1900s American early experimental aircraft, the first independent aircraft designed and built by Glenn Curtiss.


After his success with designing aircraft for the Aerial Experiment Association, Glenn Curtiss formed his own company, the Herring-Curtiss Company, in March 1909, in association with Augustus Herring. Earlier in the same month, the Aeronautical Society of New York had placed an order from Curtiss for a new aircraft. The Curtiss No. 1 was the first aircraft both designed and built by Curtiss. Curtiss flew the aircraft to win the Scientific American trophy (which he had won before in the AEA June Bug that he had designed). Encouraged by this success, Curtiss entered the aircraft into the first international air show to be held at Reims in France in August 1909. Before the international competition, the aircraft crashed and was badly damaged;[1] Curtiss decided not to rebuild the aircraft and built a new aircraft, the Curtiss Reims Racer for the competition.


Data from Aerofiles : Curtiss[2]

General characteristics



  1. ^ The Curtiss Aircraft DamagedFlight International 24 July 1909
  2. ^ Eckland, K.O. "Curtiss # to J". Retrieved 14 April 2019.

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