The Boeing FB-5 aircraft is based on the PW-9 designed by Boeing's Claire Egivelt in 1922. The basic fuselage was derived from the German Fokker O-VII. Constructed of a welded steel frame with fabric covering and lighter weight versions of the wings from its PW-9 predecessor, it had an upgraded 12-cylinder Packard 2A-1500 engine. When the Navy accepted twenty-seven FB5s in July of 1927 the design also included upgraded landing gear for carrier operations. The twenty-seven aircraft were transported by barge to the USS Langley, the U. S. Navy's first aircraft carrier. The first time the FB-5s flew was off the deck of the carrier.
FB-5s served with both land-based Marine and carrier- based Navy squadrons. Later, when the Navy attempted to standardize on radial engines, the basic fuselage and wings were used on the Boeing P-12E (USN F4-B). On the later design, the wings were re-staggered and a taller tail was installed.
Planes of Fame Air Museum's FB-5 is one of only 27 FB-5 variants built.
Status: Static Display
Manufacturer: Boeing Aircraft Company
Model: FB-5 Hawk
Registration Number: N3131G
Max T/O Weight: 3,248 lb.
Span: 32 ft. 0 in.
Length: 23 ft. 10 in.
Height: 9 ft. 5 in.
Maximum Speed: 175 mph
Cruise Speed: 150 mph
Rate of Climb: 2,100 ft/min
Power Plant: 1 x Packard 2A-1500 V-12 water-cooled engine, 475 hp.
Range: 420 miles
Service Ceiling: 22,000 ft.
Armament: Two synchronized forward-firing 7.92-mm machine guns