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Aeromarine 75 / Navy Flying Cruiser



The Aeromarine 75s of 1920 were conversions of surplus USN Curtiss F-5Ls (actually ex-RAF Felixstowe F.5Ls). The conversion involved moving the two-place cockpit back to the trailing edge of the wings and installing passenger accommodations with side windows in the forward half of the hull.
Aeromarine 75 “Nina”
Completed in late 1920, the first two model 75s began operating in 1921 with Aeromarine’s subsidiary, Aeromarine East India Airways, where they commenced scheduled operations between New York City and Havana, Cuba, via Atlantic City, Beaufort, South Carolina, Miami, and Key West, carrying 12 passengers. The two-day air journey took only half the time required by train and boat. In 1922, as more model 75s came into service, the carrier opened a new route across Lake Erie between Detroit and Cleveland and extended southern services to include Nassau and Bimini islands.
In late 1923, after three year of regular flights, Aeromarine ceased operations due to financial difficulties.


Between 1920 and 1921 Aeromarine Plane and Motor Company modified for the needs for its subsidiary company Aeromarine Airways 8 F.5L coming from the surpluses of the US Navy. Arranged for the transport of 10 passengers, these sometimes baptized apparatuses Navy Cruiser they were used as of November 1920 between Key West, Florida, and Havana, Cuba. One of these seaplanes carried out as of the 1 {{er}} November 1920 the first international air postal connection on behalf of the US Post Office). Aeromarine Airways also exploited the seasonal connections Miami - Bimini - Nassau, New York City - Atlantic City, and the line Cleveland - Detroit starting from July 14th, 1922. These apparatuses were baptized Santa Maria / Wolverine , Pinta , Niña , Colombus , Balboa , Ponce of Leon , Buckeye and Mendoza . This last is famous to have flown over New York with 27 people on board in May 1922. The Polar Bear is a Aeromarine 75 especially arranged for a polar forwarding of hunting organized in spring 1923 by Inglis Moore Uppercu , sole distributer of the cars Cadillac with New York and managing director of Aeromarine.


Aeromarine 75


Seven HS-2L were also converted.

Two F-5Ls (Aeromarine Model 75) with accommodation for 12 passengers used on Key West-Havana run until 1923, when air mail subsidies withdrawn.


Engines: 2 x Liberty 12A, 420 hp
Props: 2 blade wooden fixed pitch
Wing span – upper: 103 ft 9 in
Wing area: 1397 sq.ft
Length: 49 ft 4 in
Empty weight: 9000 lb est
Loaded weight: 13,600 lb
Max speed: 82 mph
Cruise: 75 mph
Ceiling: 5000 ft
Range: 830 mi
Passengers: 12-14 civil
Estimated 4-5 completed






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