Flight 1935-03
Langley's tandem-winged machine of 1903.
Wiley Post, the American pilot who has recently made several high-altitude flights, wearing his special suit which is supplied with air from one of the engine superchargers. The air is led to the helmet and exhausts via the boots
A "ONE-POINT LANDING": Wiley Post's Lockheed "Vega," Winnie Mae, after landing - minus the undercarriage - in the Mojave Desert, where it was forced down during an attempted stratosphere flight across America. Only slight damage was done to the airscrew. Note the skid mark in the sand.
The Focke-Wulf "Ente"
The Blackburn T.S.R. Seaplane. The engine is a Siddeley "Tiger" of 700 h.p.
Unusual float details: On the left is shown the spring-loaded water rudder and the hydraulic mechanism for operating the rudders. On the right is the special joint which has been designed to avoid "handing" the floats.
ON THEIR LAWFUL OCCASIONS. A magnificient impression of a scene at Gibraltar during the Combined Exercises. The seaplane is a Fairey "Seal" (535 h.p. "Panther IIa") of the Fleet Air Arm. The rain-water catchment slope on the face of the Rock is clearly visible.
ON THE TIGRIS: One of the "Singapores" for No. 205 (F.B.) Squadron off Hinaidi. On board can be seen F/O. W. J. Hickey, Sqn. Ldr. A. F. Lang, M.B.E., and Mr. Oswald Short.
Utility duties - the new Grumman XJF-1 amphibian three seater. Its 950 h.p. "Twin Wasp" R-1830-62, gives a top speed of 197 m.p.h.
The Grumman JF1 has a top speed of 170 m.p.h.
One half of the undercarriage, the wheels of which retract flush with the float
A portion of the wing structure.
UP-TO-THE-MINUTE: Modern commercial monoplane practice is exemplified in every line of the new Avro 652, two of which have been built for charter work for Imperial Airways. The machine has two Siddeley "Cheetah" engines.
The auxiliary surfaces for trimming the elevators and the rudder can be seen in this photograph of the tail units.
Head on, the Avro 652 looks clean and carefully faired.
Mails or other light loads can be placed inside the nose through this door. For Imperial Airways a landing light has been fitted in the nose.
Full dual flying controls are provided in the pilots' cockpit
This drift sight is in the floor of the Avro 652, between the pilots' seats.
The interior of the cabin of the Avro 652, as arranged for Imperial Airways. The walls are wood-panelled.
The cabin door of the Avro 652 is shaped to the wing-root fairing.
A spring lid covers the cabin door handle, leaving a clean exterior.
Two screw clips hold each side of the engine cowling and allow it to be readily detached.
This sketch and diagram explain the working of the retractable undercarriage, which is underneath the engine mounting.
SHROUDED: The D.H. "Dragon Rapide" now used by Aero St. Gallen on services between St. Gallen, Zurich and Berne. During 1934 this company, which also owns a "Puss Moth" and a "Leopard Moth" and which has been doing school and charter work since 1931, carried 3,393 passengers. The "Rapide" was recently flown by Capt. Rieser from St. Moritz to Zurich with a hospital case. There are no hangars at St. Moritz - hence the funereal appearance of their latest acquisition in this picture
MILITARISED: The "Dragon Rapide" ordered for No. 24 (Communications) Squadron at Hendon.
One of Swissair's new Douglas machines at Zurich.
DEMONSTRATION: One of the two Swissair Douglas machines, which were demonstrated recently at Croydon, being refuelled beside the Imperial Heracles. Actually, the "Scylla" class will probably be used, as last year, for our own part of the Zurich service. The Government has offered a prize of ?25,000 to encourage the production of medium-sized commercial machines.
FOR AIR FRANCE. The Potez 62, a fourteen-passenger commercial adaptation of the maker's multiplace de combat type. Its two 900 h.p. "Mistral Major" two-row radials give a cruising speed of 175 m.p.h. The normal range is 625 miles and the ceiling 26,000 ft.
DEMONIACAL VERSATILITY. The first of the eighteen Hawker "Demon" two-seaters ordered by the Royal Australian Air Force is here seen being tested by Mr. M. Summers. These machines, which can be equipped for fighting, bombing, or for army co-operation work, are powered with the Rolls-Royce "Kestrel V" engine, supercharged to give a maximum of 640 h.p. at 14,000 ft. The top speed is in the neighbourhood of 190 m.p.h.
Flying at 50 m.p.h.: The "Gull" with split trailing-edge flaps down.
The 1935 "Gull": Note the new windscreen, which has been found to shed the rain and leave the view unimpaired.
The modern trend in cabin and open types is illustrated in this type, the Percival Gull.
A view showing the trailing-edge flaps.
"Open House": Note the size of the doors. The smaller door at the back gives access to the luggage locker.
Light and Comfort: A view from above, looking into the cabin.
The "trousered" undercarriage and its details.
The tail units. Note the castering tail wheel.
Percival "Gull" 1935 Model "Gipsy VI" Engine
DOUGLASIAN: On the power of two 700 h.p. geared and supercharged radials (which are Pratt & Whitney "Hornets" built under licence) the new Fiat G.18 shown here has a maximum speed of 210 m.p.h. carrying eighteen passengers, luggage and mail with fuel for 500 miles
[DGA-6] Mr. "Benny" Howard's latest racing machine,
DEMONSTRATION: One of the two Swissair Douglas machines, which were demonstrated recently at Croydon, being refuelled beside the Imperial Heracles. Actually, the "Scylla" class will probably be used, as last year, for our own part of the Zurich service. The Government has offered a prize of ?25,000 to encourage the production of medium-sized commercial machines.
The nose of the Imperial Airways H.P.42 Hengist, showing the rotating loop aerial used in conjunction with the Marconi-Robinson homing device.
The wireless cabin of an Imperial Airways H.P.42, showing the Marconi Type A.D. 41/42 equipment, with homing device (at top). The aerial winch can be seen by the door leading to the pilots' compartment.
Mt. Blanc (15,780 ft.) towering above a sea of clouds - a photograph by DOUGLAS FAWCETT.
The "Leopard Moth," on the aerodrome at Belp, with Mr. Fawcett's companion and Herr W. Eberschweiler.
SILHOUETTE: A fine impression of four Blackburn "Baffin" (Bristol "Pegasus M") torpedo-bombers from H.M.S. Furious on early patrol during the recent Combined Fleet Exercises.
The H.S.T. 10, the new high-speed commercial monoplane is rapidly taking form in the Blackburn works. The point at which the Duncanson single spar for the wing is offered up into the fuselage will be noticed. Fitted with two Napier "Rapier VI" engines, the machine is expected to have a cruising speed of 175 m.p.h.
GOLD RUSH: This particular Short "Scion," fitted with floats, is to be used for gold survey in Papua.
The cockpit of the C-31. Dual controls are not fitted.
The capacious "hold" of the C-31. Note the folding wall seats in the "hold," for troop-carrying purposes.
In this Farman monoplane, specially built for high-altitude attempts, the pilot flew for a time with his head outside the cockpit; then, when sufficient height was gained to make risk of collision with other aircraft improbable, he lowered himself in the cockpit and shut an airtight door above his head.
The Mignet Pou-du-Ciel in flight
The latest tandem-wing development - M. Mignet's Pou-du-Ciel. The dihedral angle of the wings is not shown.
FOR AUSTRALIA: Last week the first pair of a series of Monospar machines ordered by an Australian company where "christened" at Hanworth. This photograph, taken by a Flight photographer, shows the S.T.12, one of the types on order, from an angle which clearly illustrates the characteristic wing-form.
Mrs. S. M. BRUCE, the wife of the Australian High Commissioner, christens one of the Monospar S.T.12's which are bound for the Commonwealth. In the group may also be seen the Rt. Hon. S. M. Bruce, Mr. and Mrs. Gordon England, Mr. Whitney Straight, Mr. H. J. Steiger (Monospar technical director), and Flt.-Lt. H. M. Schofield.
[HS.10/32] VERSATILITY : An Austrian mail pilot during the summer months, Hubert Kleinhaus joyrides in the winter from Kitzkeuhl and runs a service, when necessary, to St. Moritz. His machine - of distinctly familiar appearance - is a Hopfner "Superfly" with a Walter "Gamma" engine. Kleinhaus learnt to fly in Germany and took an aerobatic course in this country.
FOR "SPORT-FLYING": Under the management of Mr. R. Kronfeld, production of the "Drone," an ultra-light aeroplane (600 c.c, 14 h.p. Douglas engine) has been resumed at Hanworth by B.A.C. Ltd. The machine was first designed by the late Mr. C. H. Lowe-Wylde. Mr. Kronfeld shortly hopes to make some long flights with the "Drone," which is a machine that should be most suitable for recreational flying and will be seen at most flying clubs during the coming season.
LOOKING FORWARD: An unusual view of the new Latecoere 521 flying boat, Lieutenant de Vaisseau Paris, now undergoing trials, showing the pilots' compartment, and wireless cabin (in front of the former).
...AND NOW ITALY: One of the latest machines built to the modern formula for transport machines - i.e., two engines, cantilever wing and retractable undercarriage - is the Caproni 123. On 1,760 h.p., given by two Gnome Rhone K.14's, the machine cruises at 167 m.p.h.
CZECHOSLOVAKIAN: Carrying from fourteen to sixteen passengers, the Aria 57, with three 575 h.p. radials of "Cyclone" type, cruises at 180 m.p.h. Dr. Robert J. Nebesar, the designer of the machine, tells us he is quite satisfied with the results of test flights.
A Flight artist's impression of the Asboth helicopter, drawn from plans of the Hungarian inventor. The two sets of rotor blades revolve in opposite directions, thus cancelling out torque reaction.
An artist's impression of the "Crusader." The undercarriage is shown extended.