The H-10 Pheasant was a tandem-seat conventional landing gear-equipped biplane with fabric covering, built in 1928 by the Pheasant Aircraft Company to compete in the crowded market of barnstorming biplanes. The company dissolved shortly after, during the Great Depression of the early 1930s.

Pheasant H-10
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Pheasant H-10 on display
Role Biplane
National origin United States of America
Manufacturer The Pheasant Aircraft Company
Designer Orville Hickman
Introduction 1928
Produced 1928-1930
Number built 41
Unit cost
2650 dollars (1928)


The H-10 was designed by Orville Hickman for Lee R. Biggs, owner of the newly formed Pheasant Aircraft Company in Memphis, Missouri. Eleven units were built before the death of the company founder in a flying accident on December 5, 1927.[1] Race pilot Steve Wittman took over as test pilot. Wittman helped relocate the company to his home in Fond du Lac, Wisconsin when Adolf Bechaud and his associates purchased the company.[2]


The Pheasant H-10 is made from a welded steel tube fuselage with a fabric covering. The aircraft was powered by a 90 hp (67 kW) water cooled Curtiss OX-5 engine. The landing gear was conventionally mounted, with a tail skid.

Operational historyEdit

Pheasant test pilot Steve Wittman entered The H-10 was entered into the September 8, 1928 Air Derby from New York to Los Angeles. Dropping out due to radiator trouble in the desert. Wittman finished 12th out of 38 entries. Wittman raced again in the 1928 Air Derby from Los Angeles to Cincinnati and finished in 4th place. He also entered the H-10 in the 1929 National Air Races in Cleveland.[3]


  • One example is on static display in Memphis, Missouri. Previously located on Long Island, New York, residents of the Memphis area donated over &75,000 in 2012 to purchase and transport the H-10 back to the city of its manufacture.[1]
  • The EAA AirVenture Museum has a H-10 on display that was donated in 1971.[2]

Specifications Pheasant H-10Edit

Data from EAA Museum

General characteristics

  • Capacity: 2
  • Length: 23 ft 6 in (7.16 m)
  • Wingspan: 32 ft 4 in (9.86 m)
  • Height: 9 ft (2.7 m)
  • Wing area: 283 sq ft (26.3 m2)
  • Empty weight: 1,351 lb (613 kg)
  • Gross weight: 2,089 lb (948 kg)
  • Fuel capacity: 38 US gallons (144 litres)
  • Powerplant: 1 × Curtiss OX-5, 503 cubic inch, V-8, liquid-cooled, 90 hp (67 kW)


  • Maximum speed: 87 kn (100 mph, 160 km/h)
  • Cruise speed: 74 kn (85 mph, 137 km/h)
  • Range: 350 nmi (400 mi, 640 km)
  • Service ceiling: 12,500 ft (3,800 m)


  1. ^ a b "Granddaughters of Pheasant Aircraft Company founder see plane for first time". KTVO-TV via website. 25 August 2012. Retrieved 26 August 2012.
  2. ^ a b "1929 Pheasant H-10 - NC151N". Retrieved 14 October 2010.
  3. ^ Sport Aviation. 33. 1984. Missing or empty |title= (help)