A favorite of many women pilots, the graceful “Bird” was a joy to fly. Charles A Lindberg could have chosen any aircraft in America, but after a test fl ight, he was so impressed with the ability and personality of the BK Bird he purchased one for his wife, Anne Morrow Lindbergh. The famous aviator and world record holder Wiley Post was also a dealer for the popular Bird aircraft.
The Bird biplane was produced as a utility aircraft by the Brunner-Winkle Aircraft Corp. of New York. The aircraft carried ATC# 239 and originally sold for just over $4,000.00 in 1929.
Construction and materials were typical of the era except for the Sesqui-plane wing arrangement; with the upper wing covering twice the area of the lower wing the Bird became an exceptionally stable aircraft. The Bird was capable of a good rate of climb, outstanding slow speed performance and an unbelievably short take off capability of less than 100 feet.
This BK Bird, ‘K’ for the Kinner engine, was acquired by Yanks in 2000.