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America's need for combat aircraft led to the design and development of the Standard E-1 by the Standard Aircraft Corporation of Elizabeth, New Jersey in 1917. The last American aircraft produced before the end of the war, the Standard E-1 entered service in early 1918 but never saw combat. Although it was stable and maneuverability, it proved too slow and underpowered for use as a fighter. Instead, the United States Air Service accepted it for use as an advanced trainer.

Standard E-1 Specifications
Country: United States of America
Manufacturer: Standard Aircraft Corporation
Type: Trainer
First Introduced: January 1918
Number Built: 168
Engine(s): Gnome rotary, 100 hp
Le Rhône, 9-cylinder, air cooled rotary, 80 hp
Wing Span: 24 ft (7.32 m)
Length: 18 ft 10 in (5.74 m)
Height: 7 ft 10 in (2.39 m)
Empty Weight:
Gross Weight: 1,144 lb (519 kg)
Max Speed: 100 mph (161 km/h)
Ceiling: 14,800 ft (4,511 m)
Endurance: 2.5 hours
Crew: 1
Armament: None
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