North Carolina Centennial of Flight

Carr E. Booker

In 1919, Carr E. Booker of Raleigh commenced efforts to build a small, affordable airplane that most families could own. The final product was Booker's Hummingbird, a sixteen-foot-long biplane with a Harley Davidson motor. Barnstormer Roscoe Turner helped publicize the Hummingbird, and veteran army pilot Gus Leazar served as its test pilot. On the third and final public test run of the Hummingbird, Leazar landed the plane, but a broken wheel and other technical problems caused it to somersault. The crash was a fatal blow, and Booker's Hummingbird never flew again.

biplane

An airplane having two pairs of wings fixed at different levels.