The Mustard Plaster Aircraft
Sometime in 1909 1910 before the Grant Park International
Air Meet in
McCormicks Radical Design
There were a number of terms for McCormicks unusual design:
Longitudinal Monoplane, Reverse Curve Monoplane or the McCormick Apertoidal Monoplane.
The people of the
After the October, 1910 Air Meet, or perhaps during the meet, as both men were at the meet, McCormick hired Chance Vought to be a consultant on the McCormick Romme design. The William S. Romme design was another alternate approach to aircraft design that McCormick decided to fund. Both young engineers, though primarily responsible to assist on the design they were hired for, spent some time helping each other on the others design. Thus when Vought suggested an air-cooled engine with more horsepower for the Romme design (Gnome 50 HP). With McCormicks approval, one was ordered for the Mustard Plaster as well.
Both planes were exhibited on the field when Cicero Flying
Field was dedicated on