Orenco (aircraft manufacturer)

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Founded 1916[1]
Products Aircraft

Orenco was an American aircraft manufacturer founded in 1916 in New York as Ordnance Engineering Corporation. Confusion with the Ordnance Branch of the US Army led to the shortening of the name in 1919. The company's first project was the Orenco A in 1917, but they received no orders for it. The Orenco B and C received small orders, but the Orenco D was the most successful of their aircraft. The USAAS bought four prototypes, but the order for 50 production aircraft was given to the lowest bidder, in this case Curtiss Aeroplane and Motor Company.[1]

Orenco's projects in civil aviation failed as well, due to the number of aircraft available after the end of World War I. The company consequently went out of business.[1]


Summary of aircraft built by
Model name First flight Number built Type
Orenco A 1917 1 trainer
Orenco B 1918 4 Fighter
Orenco C 1918 5 trainer
Orenco D 1919 4 Fighter
Orenco IL-1 1919 2 liaison


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 Angelucci, 1987. pp. 378-380.


  • Angelucci, Enzo (1987). The American Fighter from 1917 to the present. New York: Orion Books. ISBN 0-517-56588-9.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>