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rambler-1-cf-alo2One more ambitious project is born with Avialogs. After spending years within literature about aircraft, helping and collaborating with teams restoring wings from the past, the desire to bring back to the sky one of them is born.

As Avialogs is based in Montreal, Quebec, Canada, a city with a rich aeronautical past and present, the choice has been halted on the Curtiss-Reid Rambler.

There is no survivor of this aircraft known and from my own point of view, the aesthetic of this aircraft is the essence of what a biplane should be. From a building perspective,  the required time is estimated between 3000 and 4000 hours.

UPDATE: For financial reasons, this project will be on hold for an undetermined time. Focus will be set on the Stinson 10a.

The aircraft will be a Curtiss-Reid Mk.I Replica.

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You will find below a list of all Curtiss Rambler built. If you notice some mistakes or if you have additional informations/photos, please contact me.

Rambler Production record


Construction Number Mark RCAF Registration Owner Civil registration Date CoR Fate
1000 II   Curtiss-Reid Flying Schools Ltd /Montreal G-CAVO 29.09.28 514 Dismantled 12.12.39 fuselage used for CF-BPB

1000 II   Century Motors Sales Ltd CF-AAU     Dbr forced landing on delivery flight Gananoque Ont. 21.3.29
1001 II   Century Motors Sales Ltd >Curtiss-Reid FS CF-AAV 12.04.29 576 Dbr practising spins at low altitude Cartierville PQ 16.8.31
1002 I            
1003 II  XC   G-CYXC
 1103 SOC 18.09.36 Rereg
Stalled during takeoff from farm field Napinka Man 12.7.34 (Ottawa Car Mfg Co built)


  Curtiss-Reid Aircraft


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The Curtiss-Reid Aircraft Co Ltd was formed in december 1928 when the New Yrk based Curtiss Aeroplane and Motor Company took a controlling interest in the Reid Aircraft COmpany of Montreal. The Canadian company had itself only been set up in February of that year by former Canadian Vickers designers Wilfrid T Reid and MJ Berlyn. Together, they designed a two-seat sesquiplane as a club trainer, private tourer and light transport aircraft. This aircraft first flew at Cartierville, Montreal on 23rd September 1928 piloted by Martin Berlyn and was named the Reid Rambler at a demonstration ceremony on 29th September.

The Rambler's Fuselage was a rectangular structure of welded steel tube, fabric covered, as was the tailplane which consisted of a one-piece horizontal unit and a balanced rudder with no fixed fin. Tandem open cockpits with full dual control were to be standard. The wings, which folded for storage, consisted of duralumin spars and ribs, fabric covered , with the top wing supported above the fuselage on Steel tube struts. The interplane struts, also of steel tube, were circular in section on the prototype but streamlined on production Ramblers, forming a V when viewed from the front. Simplicity was achieved in design by making each side of the undercarriage interchangeable and by making the wing spars of dural tubing which was simply cut to lenght and slightly flattened at the outer ends 

Trimming was accomplished by means of a spring in the control system. This was engaged by a lever on the left side of the cockpit which was usually referred to as the "Cheese cutter".

A 20 gallon (90 litres) fuel tank was fitted in the centre section of the top wing. Sharply angled, almost triangular, ailerons were fitted to the top wing only.

The undercarriage consisted of a pait of interchangable V-strut units with rubber shock absorbers. On the prototype a braking system linked to rudder application was designed to help ground handling but this was not used on production aircraft. A tailskid was fitted as standard and ski or float undercarriages were available as options.

Power was provided initially by an 80HP ADC Cirrus Mk.II 4-Cyl in-line engine, fully cowled, with metal propeller and spinner and with a short downward aligned stub exhaust.

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