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R-1 Racer
Role Racing aircraft
National origin United States
Manufacturer Verville-Packard
Designer Alfred V. Verville
First flight 1919
Primary user United States Army Air Corps
Number built 1
Developed from Verville VCP

The Verville-Packard R-1 Racer was a military racing aircraft that was modified from Alfred Verville's previous Verville VCP-1 design. The R-1 is sometimes known also as the Verville-Packard VCP-R or the Verville-Packard 600. The R-1 was the first racing aircraft built for the United States Army Air Corps.

Development[edit | edit source]

The first R-1 was created from a VCP-1 in 1919, by installing the Packard V-12 engine.[1]

Operational history[edit | edit source]

Photo of C. C. Mosley, who piloted the R-1 Racer to victory at the 1920 National Air Races in New York.

On November 27, 1920, Capt. Corliss Moseley, flying an R-1 racer, out of 24 track finishers, won the Pulitzer Trophy Race at Mitchel Air Force Base. The top speed was 156.54 mph.[2][3]

Operators[edit | edit source]

 United States

Specifications (R-1)[edit | edit source]

General characteristics

  • Crew: 1
  • Wingspan: 32 ft (9.8 m)
  • Wing area: 269 sq ft (25.0 m2)
  • Powerplant: 1 × Packard 1A-2025 V-12 liquid-cooled piston engine, 638 hp (476 kW)


  • Maximum speed: 177 mph (285 km/h; 154 kn)

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