Beachey-Eaton (Curtiss) Little Looper
Single-seat Sporting Biplane

Archive Photos

Beachey Little Looper (reproduction) c.1993 at the San Diego Aerospace Museum, San Diego, CA


The San Diego Aerospace Museum refers to Lincoln Beachey as the greatest of the birdmen. Lincoln Beachey demonstrated an intuitive sense of maneuver and the ability to compensate for the design imperfections inherent in the aircraft of his day. Beachey’s hair-raising ability to fly in and out of small fields like the Coronado Polo Grounds in San Diego, California, and to zip under telephone wires and the branches of trees especially endeared him to his audiences.

Beachey provided one of the most memorable thrills to a crowd of 150,000 when he flew over the edge of Niagara Falls, dove steeply into the mists below, pulled up just over the whirlpools that seemed about to swallow his plane, tore on downstream and under an obstructing bridge. He finally landed, dripping wet, but safe. He was also a noted race car driver. Lincoln Beachey was killed on March 14, 1915, while flying before a crowd in San Francisco, California.

The San Diego Aerospace Museum’s Little Looper is a reproduction built by Dudek, Cleveland, Ohio, and donated to the San Diego Aerospace Museum by E. D. Hud Weeks and Howard V. Gregory of Des Moines, Iowa.

Specifications and Performance Data

General Configuration

Power Plant





  1. Shupek, John. Photos via The Skytamer Archive, copyright © 2009 Skytamer Images. All Rights Reserved
  2. Welsh, George B., San Diego Aerospace Museum - The Collection. San Diego: San Diego Aerospace Museum, 1991, p.20


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