Flight 1929-06
W. L. Smith, the veteran pilot, and Superintendent of the Eastern Division of N.A.T. air lines, who made a successful test of the directional, or radio beacon apparatus, during which he flew in dense fog and rain, in spite of which he was at all times in close touch with the airport, and landed safely.
US. AIR MAILS AND WIRELESS: (1) The interior of the radio airway broadcasting station of N.A.T. air services. Here weather reports and other information are received over the teletype and broadcast to the Pilots In flight. (2) Radio equipment for mail and express plane, showing pilot s helmet and earphones, the switchboard, the receiving set and battery. (3) The set is installed in the fuselage aft of the pilot's cockpit, from where it is operated by remote control shown in (4), the switchboard being located on the left.
Great and Small at the Winnipeg Aviation Meet, May 24 and 25. The 65 h.p. Monocoupe of Mr. Verne Roberts and the tri-motor Fokker owned by the Western Canada Airways.
Note large luggage compartment.
The Vickers "Vimy" Biplane, with two 350-h.p. Rolls-Royce engines, piloted by Capt. John Alcock, with Lieut. Arthur Whitten Brown, leaving Newfoundland on June 14, 1919.
A DRESS REHEARSAL: A striking picture, taken from the air, of six airmen making a simultaneous parachute drop from three Vickers "Vimy" bombers, during a rehearsal of this event, at Henlow, for the forthcoming R.A.F. Display.
Capt. Lawson, Chief Pilot of Berkshire Aviation Tours, Ltd., receiving the approval of his pet after giving a display of stunting for the Manchester people.
The Mk II Argosy had geared Jaguar engines and, at least on the first aircraft, Townend ring cowlings.
A view of the complete machine, from which it will be seen that the new "Argosy," in general appearance, follows the original "Argosy" air liners which have been giving such excellent service on the London-Continental air route during the last three years. Points of interest to note in this view are the neat engine cowlings, with Townend rings, and the Handley Page slots.
We understand the controls are particularly light and effective, and a point of interest in this connection is the fitting of servo control for the ailerons. This servo rudder, which is seen in the centre illustration, is mounted on the lower plane as shown, and can be adjusted by the pilot.
The cruising speed of this "Argosy" is 95 m.p.h., at which speed the petrol consumption is 65 gallons per hour. The tanks - which may be seen on the upper plane in our illustrations - have a capacity of 360 gallons, which gives an endurance of 5 1/2 hours. The machine can take off with full load in 200 yards and will fly easily on any two engines at an altitude of 2.000 ft.
Inspection is facilitated by quickly-detachable panels. The photograph shows the wireless compartment.
THE PARNALL "PIPIT": A dihedral on the top plane only is one of its characteristic features.
THE PARNALL "PIPIT": In this three-quarter rear view the fuselage covering is shown in place.
THE PARNALL "PIPIT": With Fuselage Side Panels removed.
Inspection is facilitated by quickly-detachable panels. The photograph shows the whole forward portion stripped.
THE PARNALL "PIPIT": Clean lines characterise this single-seater Ship's Fighter. The engine is a Rolls-Royce "F" type.
ONE OF THE ALL-METAL WINGS OF THE "PIPIT": The petrol tank is housed in the inner bay, and the photograph shows how the drag bracing, in the form of tubes, is carried around this bay.
THE CONTROL UNIT ON THE "PIPIT": Three-point suspension is adopted, and the pilot's seat can be raised and lowered. It is shown in the raised position on the left. Rubber cords are used to balance the weight of the pilot. The retractable radiator is supported on a threaded column as shown, and is operated by one of the two hand wheels.
Parnall "Pipit" Rolls-Royce F Type Engine
This photograph shows the exceptional easy access to the cockpits of the Westland "Widgeon" monoplane, and the freedom of view downwards, particularly from the passenger's cockpit. Incidentally, the new undercarriage is seen on this machine. Mr. H. Penrose is in the rear cockpit. He is one of the Westland Aircraft Co.'s pilots.
Herr Neuenhofen (right), who reached an altitude of 41,740 ft. on May 26 in the Junkers "Bremen" low-wing monoplane fitted with Bristol "Jupiter" engine, by which he is standing, with his two Junkers engineers, Herr Thiedemann (centre) and Herr Schinzinger, who were responsible for the technical preparations. Subject to official confirmation, this altitude figure is a world's record.
Mr. John Tranum astride the Klemm monoplane in flight.
HORSLEYS FOR HELLAS: These photographs show the first of a batch of Hawker "Horsleys" on order for the Greek Government, two of whose representatives, Commander Falconakis and Lieut. Plastiras, may be seen on board. The pilot was Lieut. Bulman, and the photographs, which were taken from another aeroplane, indicate the manoeuvrability of the machine which, in the lower picture, is in an almost vertical bank.
Flying over Cranwell Aerodrome, the scene of successful start for India.
Cranwell Officers, Cadets and Aircraftsmen welcome the return of the Fairey monoplane (Napier) from India, on June 15. The monoplane is seen making its punctual landing, after flying the last stage from Le Bourget, and taxi-ing in.
This is a section of the Manchester crowd at the Pageant last Saturday watching the Avro "Avian" (their own production) take-off.
The Earl of March with his Avro "Avian" (Armstrong Siddeley "Genet") outside Goodwood House. The registration letters are G-AACF.
The Avro "Antelope" is a high-performance day bomber. This view shows the engine cowling, radiator and undercarriage.
THE AVRO "ANTELOPE": Front view. Note the thinning-down of the top wing along centre line.
THE AVRO "ANTELOPE": Side view. The engine is a Rolls-Royce F. XI B.
THE AVRO "ANTELOPE": Three-quarter front view.
"ARAB ATTACK": Dr. J. Sleigh down in the "desert" with his "Bluebird," menaced by the "Arabs." Flt. Lieut. T. Rose dives to his assistance in the Gipsy-Moth (left), then two Blackburn "Bluebirds" ("Genets") come to complete the defeat of the "enemy."
THE "GOLDEN RAY" AIR PULLMAN SERVICE: The Air Union have recently introduced a new Pullman Air Service between London and Paris, known as the "Golden Ray." It is operated by new types of aircraft, shown here, which completes the journey in about 2 hrs. 10 mins. - 30 mins. faster than hitherto. The machine shown is the Bleriot 165, fitted with two 450 h.p. "Jupiters." It is of metal construction.
The cockpit of the C.(L.A.) 7 "Swift," showing the altimeter and speed indicator mounted on the rear spar.
Sketch showing the split-axle type landing gear of the C.(L.A.)7 "Swift." The shock absorbers are housed inside the fuselage.
C(LA) 7 "Swift" A.B.C. "Scorpion" Engine
OUR FIRST PRIME MINISTER TO FLY: Mr. Ramsay MacDonald, Prime Minister of the new Government, thanking his pilot on landing at Hendon on June 20 after flying from Lossiemouth in the R.A.F. Fairey IIIF, a distance of 500 miles. He is seen being received by Wing-Commander W. J. Y. Guilfoyle, O.B.E., M.C., q.s. The pilot was Flight-Lieut. H. W. Heslop.
The Henderson Glenny single-seater monoplane (A.B.C. "Scorpion") arriving at Conington. It was assembled and flown in remarkable time.
BRITISH ENGINES ABROAD: Three Heinkel seaplanes, fitted with Armstrong-Siddeley 460-500-h.p. geared "Jaguar" engines, belonging to the Danish Government, flying in formation
THE "GOLDEN RAY" AIR PULLMAN SERVICE: The Air Union have recently introduced a new Pullman Air Service between London and Paris, known as the "Golden Ray." It is operated by new types of aircraft, shown here, which completes the journey in about 2 hrs. 10 mins. - 30 mins. faster than hitherto. The machine shown is the Liore and Olivier 21 fitted with two 500 h.p. geared Renault engines.
Mr. Randolph Trafford with his Morane-Saulnier parasol monoplane (MS.137) fitted with a 120-h.p. Salmson engine. Not many private owners go to France for their machines, but Mr. Trafford is very pleased with the performance of this successor of a war-time fighter - the old "M.S." parasol, which saw so much service, not only in the French, but Allied Air Forces.
A NEW ITALIAN-AMERICAN AMPHIBIAN: Two views of the American Savoia Marchetti "S.56." The well-known Italian Savoia machines are being constructed in America by the American Aeronautical Corporation of New York. The "S.56" is a three-seater "Baby" amphibian equipped with an American engine of 100 h.p. It has an overall span of 34 ft. 1 1/2 ins. and a speed range of 38-92 m.p.h. Dual control is fitted, so the machine is equally suitable for instruction work or passenger carrying.
CIRRUS SERVICE: Only the cynic will say that here is Capt. N. Stack carrying a spare engine in his D.H.9 in case of trouble with the other one. Actually this photograph gives an example of Cirrus Service. A Cirrus Mk. III' engine, which everyone will recognise, was urgently needed by the Blackburn Aeroplane Co., Brough, E. Yorks, so the two back seats were removed from the D.H.9 by the A.D.C. Aircraft, Ltd., to convey the engine by air, much to the mutual satisfaction of the two aviation companies.
This "oil well" burned well in the "desert" of Wythenshawe, but the fire-fighters, who flew up from civilisation in the D.H.9c soon stopped the rot. This was only one of the spectacular shows staged on Saturday.
The neat engine cowling and landing gear of the Curtiss-Reid "Rambler."
THE CURTISS-REID "RAMBLER": Front and side views of the Canadian all-metal light 'plane, with "Cirrus III" engine.
Curtiss Reid Rambler Light Plane Cirrus III Engine
Lady Bailey starting up her Coupe "Gipsy-Moth" to play the role of Red Cross Nurse in the "Arab attack."
HESTON AIR PARK: One of the lock-up garages which contains 20 lock-ups. The machine is the Airwork, Ltd., Gipsy-Moth, fitted with Handley Page slots.
H.R.H. Prince Bertil (left) and H.R.H. Prince Carl Johan, sons of the King of Sweden, at Stag Lane Aerodrome recently. They inspected the De Havilland Aircraft Co., Ltd., works and were taken for flights by Capt. A. S. White in the Gipsy-Moth.
Mrs. A. S. Cleaver and Capt. Donald Drew, on their arrival at Croydon, after flying 12,000 miles to Karachi and back in the former's Gipsy-Moth.
THE FIRST BRITISH AMPHIBIAN LIGHT 'PLANE: These four photographs show a de Havilland "Gipsy-Moth," belonging to Mr. John Scott Taggart, for which Short Brothers have designed and built an amphibian undercarriage. The photographs show the machine in flight over Lympne aerodrome and, at rest on the waters of the Midway off the Short Works. The pilot is Mr. Lankester Parker.