Aeroplane Monthly 1987-05
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J.Bruce - "The question of launching torpedoes" (4)
The first Short 184 flying with torpedo slung and both cockpits occupied, at Felixstowe in the spring of 1915.
Short 184 being hoisted out from HMS Ben-my-Chree in the Aegean.
This Westland-built Short 166 (apparently 9751) had straight crossbars and was not intended to be a torpedo aircraft.
Sopwith seaplane No 851 at Woolston, probably just before the first flight, on November 1, 1914, when it crashed and was badly damaged. Its designer, R. J. Alston, was the passenger and lost his life; the pilot, Victor Mahl, was rescued.
This photograph, taken at Grain, is probably of 833, which was flown to Grain on July 15, 1915 by E. C. Gordon England. It was deleted there on November 24, and its engine was returned to the Sunbeam works on December 2, 1915.
This photograph, taken at Grain, is probably of 833, which was flown to Grain on July 15, 1915 by E. C. Gordon England. It was deleted there on November 24, and its engine was returned to the Sunbeam works on December 2, 1915.
One of Ark Royal’s Wight Type A.I Improved Navyplanes (which had no part in the early torpedo experiments) here shows how its float bracing appeared to offer relatively easy fitting of torpedo gear.