Curtiss H-16 was introduced in 1917 and represented the
final step in the evolution of the Model H design.
wings and a reinforced hull similar to the Felixstowe
flying boats, the H-16's were powered by Liberty engines
in U.S. Navy service and by Eagle IVs for the Royal
These aircraft remained in service
through the end of World War I with some being offered
for sale as surplus military equipment at $11,053 apiece
(one third of the original purchase price.)
Others remained in U.S. Navy service for some years
after the war, most receiving engine upgrades to more
powerful Liberty variants.
original plans and drawings were all featured in the
Curtiss H-16 Erection Manual and whilst particular to
this type, also serve to give a reasonable idea of
certain aspects of it's 'cousin', the Felixstowe F.2A.