Flight 1934-04
NOT an armoured Junkers biplane creeping up behind a careless Spad, but some of the excellent models to be seen at the Science Museum.
ICE BOUND: In the upper left-hand picture is the petrol vent pipe, and on, the right the pitot head. The broken steadying tube is shown in the lower left-hand photograph, while on the right is the ice coated centre-section and its struts and wires.
Upper left: This remarkable picture was secured by Flight's chief photographer, who went "ice-hunting" in a Hawker Hart piloted by Flt. Lt. Bulman. It shows ice that has formed on the fuel tank vent pipe
Lower left: The ice-collecting expedition was continued until the steadying tube between two of the wires fractured, due to vibration caused by the heavy accretion on the wires.
A REHEARSAL: Messrs. Bulman and Sayer, Hawker's test pilots, putting two of the "Harts" (Bristol "Pegasus") ordered by Sweden through their paces. In the lower picture the two machines were climbing very steeply, the horizon being far above the upper edge of the photograph.
NOT Flt. Lt. Bulman making a "dead stick" landing at Brooklands in a "Hart", but one of the excellent models to be seen at the Science Museum.
FOR BRITISH HOSPITALS: Mr. McEwan King and Mr. Leigh Mossley (dark suit) examining the latest three-seater "Hawk."
ENSHRINED: The Vickers Supermarine S.6B and the Wright biplane are two of the great attractions at the Science Museum.
A VARIED FLEET: Joyriders at Stag Lane on Sunday had the choice of a range of machines, from a "Moth" to an "Argosy." The "Moth" on the right of the picture brought Col. J. C. Fitzmaurice as a visitor during the afternoon.
FROM PLOUGH-SHARE TO SWORD: The Curtiss-Wright "Condor" Bomber, developed from the commercial transport "Condor."
A NEW STYLE OF DECK FLYING: As previously reported in "Flight," Mr. de la Cierva recently alighted on, and afterwards took off from, the small Spanish seaplane transport, Dedalo, on his C.30P Autogiro. Here we see both phases of this demonstration.
TRYING IT OUT: The Gloster "Gauntlet" shown in these photographs is fitted with the Bristol "Mercury VI" engine and a special Townend ring. THe pilot was Capt. Saint.
SERVICE MOUNTAINEERING: Part of the work covered by No. 30 Bomber Squadron, stationed at Mosul, in Northern Iraq, is to patrol the mountains of Kurdistan, on the borders of Iraq and Turkey and Persia. This is an extremely hazardous flight and is carried out weekly. The patrol lies over mountainous country where for more than an hour engine failure or any other cause of a forced landing would mean a certain crash. This picture was taken during an actual reconnaissance patrol made by three "Wapitis" of the No. 30 Bomber Squadron over the mountains of Kurdistan, in Northern Iraq.
THE VOUGHT "CORSAIR" V.90: Note the "cabin" top over the cockpits, This feature is to be found in many modern American two-seaters.
V-90 series came in Standard (shown here) or Super models the latter with N.A.C.A. cowling, c.p. airscrew, and exhaust collector ring. V-93 (Hornet SD) landplane did 184 m.p.h. at 6 000 ft. in standard form, or 191.5 m.p.h. in Super form.
Vought "Corsair" V-90
LIGHTER CONSTRUCTION: These two views show the Saro "Cloud," for which a Monospar wing has been built. As can be seen, the wing is heavily tapered, and the result should be an increase in performance.
SPEEDY AND ROOMY: View of the "Dragon Six" taken recently at Stag Lane.
HEAD ON: The manner in which low profile drag has been achieved to a great extent is shown in this photograph.
CONSTRUCTIONAL DETAILS: Showing the starboard lower wing root which carries the engine mounting, undercarriage, fuel and oil tanks.
WING ATTACHMENTS: Fittings and details of the bottom longeron showing the Elektron fairing which carries the fabric over the corner of the fuselage.
WING DETAILS: On the left is the arrangement of a spar joint, also showing the attachment of one of the steel tube drag struts. On the right are rib details and the leading edge of the wing.
D.H. "Dragon Six" 2-200 hp. "Gipsy Six" Engines
THROUGH THE HOOP: Mr. Tyson diving a "Tiger Moth" underneath a cord preparatory to looping up over it.
Same pilot, different aeroplane. Tyson in characteristic attitude in a Tiger Moth at Dagenham on Saturday, April 14, 1934.
A MODERN INTERIOR: Two wide doors are provided for passengers in the 1934 model "Gull." A third door gives easy access to the luggage locker.
EN NEGLIGE: Showing the improved wing folding arrangements, part of the fuel system and the contents of one of the spats of the 1934 model Percival "Gull."
SITTING PRETTY: The 1934 Percival "Gull." Note, in this view, the neat installation of the tail wheel.
A view showing some of the machines which visited the Club Sunday afternoon, the extreme left the Mollisons' "Dragon."
AERIAL ACTIVITY AT JERSEY: Six D.H. "Dragons," of Jersey Airways, Ltd., on the sea-shore "aerodrome" at St. Helier during the Easter rush.
BRITISH AIR TRANSPORT IN JAPAN: Four D.H. "Puss Moths" owned and operated by the "Osaka Asahi," the Japanese newspaper.
Seen from this angle while flying over Woodford, the Avro 642 is particularly pleasing.
"Head on" the Avro 642 displays the clean lines which account for its fine performance.
Since we published a photograph some time ago, the nose of the 642 has been re-designed, giving it a cleaner entry and enhanced performance.
THE BAPTISM: The Prime Minister naming the Avro 642 of Midland Be Scottish Air Ferries, Ltd., the "Marchioness of Londonderry."
This side view shows the ample window area provided for the passenger cabin which makes the inside particularly light and airy.
AVRO'S WOODFORD STAFF: A. V. Roe & Co., Ltd., have their own aerodrome at Woodford, near Manchester, and there they test and service their machines. The large number of aircraft they are now turning out necessitates a staff of considerable size. Here they are, in front of the new Avro 642 sixteen-seater, with Mr. F. B. Tomkins (right), one of the firm's test pilots, who is in charge at the aerodrome.
Despite its loading and performance the Avro 642 has quite a low landing speed.
A three-quarter view showing the balanced elevators and generator mounting on the top of the fuselage.
Inside, Mr. Sword has had this machine upholstered in red and brown, which gives a pleasing, cheerful effect.
Avro 642 2 Siddeley "Jaguar" VI.D Engines
FOR TRANSPORTING THE S.O.S.: As we have already recorded, Lord Londonderry, the Secretary of State for Air, learnt to fly and obtained his "A" licence at Heston. He has now purchased through Henlys, Ltd., this Avro "Cadet" (Siddeley "Genet") for his own use.
FOR FUEL AND OIL SERVICE: Mr. J . Taylor, a pilot and a member of the aviation staff of Shell-Mex & B.P., Ltd., standing beside one of the company's aeroplanes, a D.H. "Leopard Moth" ("Gipsy Major").
A FLYING AMBASSADOR: His Excellency Sir Francis Humphrys, the British Ambassador at Baghdad, is a flying ambassador, for he owns and flies his own machine. The latter, a D.H. "Leopard Moth," was flown out to him from England recently, and here we see him starting up the engine prior to a 200-mile flight to Mosul, in Northern Iraq, with his son and daughter - who may be seen in the background on the right.
RESERVED FOR THE AVIATOR: Cloud such as these are often to be seen even in mid-winter, but usually it is necessary, as in the case of this de Havilland "Leopard Moth," to go to a height of more than 9,000 ft. to get into the sunshine.
THE ALTITUDE RECORD: Renato Donati, who has just captured the world's altitude record for Italy.
COMMERCIAL AND PRIVATE ENTERPRISE: Imperial Airways Armstrong-Whitworth airliner Aurora (pilot, Capt. Egglesfield) alighting on the Kuala Lumpur Flying Club's aerodrome, with the homeward mail, on March 11. This aerodrome is now one of the halting places on the Imperial air route.
MONOSPARS IN BRAZIL: Two Monospar ST.4 machines operated by Viacao Aerea Sao Paulo (VASP) of Brazil.
THE SQUADRON LEADER: Sqd. Ldr. C. G. Wigglesworth, A.F.C., commanding No. 201 (Flying Boat) Squadron, leading a formation of Supermarine "Southamptons" (2 Napier "Lions") over the Solent.
BY THE VENTNOR LANDSLIP: Five Supermarine "Southamptons" IIs of No. 201 (Flying Boat) Squadron based at Calshot in excellent formation following the steep southern coast of the Isle of Wight, seen late in 1933.
LANDING IN FORMATION: No. 201 (F.B.) Squadron displays its smartness in alighting.
"FORMATING": The Vickers Supermarine "Scapa" photographed from a "Southampton."
NO. 201 (FLYING BOAT) SQUADRON: A group of officers and airmen under the wings of a Supermarine "Southampton" in one of the sheds at Calshot.
OVER THE BEAULIEU RIVER: Airmen alone can see the number of S loops made by this very tidal river as it makes its way through the New Forest.
The head-on view, more particularly when the landing gear is retracted, shows how clean it is possible to get a machine of this nature.
RACY LOOKING: The two views of the new Comper "Streak" bring out the racy lines of this machine.
ROOT DETAILS: The finished "Streak" will in all probability be heavily filleted at the wing roots. Near the leading edge can be seen the exhaust for the cooling air which is led through the oil tank. The windows in the sides of the pilot's cockpit should also be noted.
RETRACTABLE: On the right is a perspective sketch showing the general details of one side of the retractable landing gear, and on the left is the mechanism whereby the locking pins are withdrawn preparatory to raising the landing gear.
FUSELAGE DETAILS: In these sketches our artist brings out very clearly the constructional details of the central portion of the fuselage. On the right, the lever which raises and lowers the undercarriage.
Comper "Streak" Gipsy "Major" Engine
One of the tightly packed queues of people waiting for joyrides in an Avro ("Lynx").
A SPARTAN IN SWEDEN: This Spartan ("Hermes II") is used by Wideroe's Flyveselskap of Oslo for flights up to the mountains. It is shown fitted with skis, and Lt. A. Wideroe is seen attending to the skis for his own undercarriage.
FROM BARNSTAPLE: Some members of the recently-formed Barnstaple and North Devon Flying Club. Included in the group are R. T. Boyd, founder of the Club, and T. W. J. Nash, A.F.M., pilot.
FROM ABOVE: The "Scapa" has a normal biplane wing structure, with struts and wires reduced to a minimum. The engines are Rolls-Royce "Kestrels."
ASHORE: The "Scapa" on its launching trolley The machine is not an amphibian, and the trolley is, of course, left behind when the flying boat is afloat.
WELL AWAY: The Short "Scylla" taking off at a weight of 30,000 lb. The take-off time was 11 sec.
In the Scylla the superstructure of the Scipio was applied to a landplane fuselage. The engines are four Jupiters.
NEAR THE MEDWAY: The Short "Scylla" looks at her home.
30,000 LB. IN THE AIR: The Short "Scylla" (four Bristol "Jupiter") making a test flight with nearly full load, piloted by Mr. Lankester Parker. This and the other aerial views of the machine were secured from a "Fox Moth" belonging to Gravesend Aviation, Ltd., and piloted by Mr. P. H. Smith.
TOWERING: With tail on the ground, the height of the "Scylla" is just under 30 ft. The engines are Bristol "Jupiters," series XF BM.
COMFORT: A view in the rear cabin of the "Scylla." The mean width of the cabin is just under 11 ft.
WIRELESS ON THE "SCYLLA": Marconi medium-wave telegraph-telephone set Type A.D. 41A/42A to be fitted in the new Imperial Airways "Scylla" class aircraft.
WING DETAILS: Duralumin spars and ribs, with steel fittings, are used in the Short "Scylla."
WING ATTACHMENTS: These two sketches show the details of the fittings by means of which rear and front lower spars are secured to the top of the fuselage. The front spar fitting also takes the undercarriage leg.
NO WASTE OF SPACE: By utilising a large proportion of the fuselage the cabins are roomy and with plenty of leg room.
THE TIP OF A MAIN SPAR: Instead of the corrugated section the tip becomes a plain box section.
Short "Scylla" 4 Bristol "Jupiter" X F.B.M. Engines
"- SOMETHING DONE": Miss Joan Meakin in her "Rhonbussard" glider.
COMING IN: Miss Meakin landing at Heston after her flight from Lympne.
The Caudron low-wing monoplane (150 h.p. Renault "Bengali") which has established a new record for two-seater light planes weighing less than 500 kg.