Flight 1935-07
SYMBOLICAL. Members of the Soviet Aero-hydrodynamical institute who took part in a recent sportsmen's parade in Moscow carried giant models of the machines which are to replace the Maxim Gorki.
A fine impression of No. 12 Squadron's Hawker "Harts" about to dire through a gap in the clouds shortly before making an attack on London
SALUTE. A unique photograph taken from a "Hart" of No. 15 (Bomber) Squadron during the fly-past at Duxford last Saturday. The Royal dais is the light structure in front of the central car park.
The Hawker "Harts" of No. 15 (Bomber) Squadron at the bottom of their dive across the aerodrome after the Air Drill event, in which they co-operated with Nos. 18 and 57 (B.) Squadrons.
Hand-in-hand: The Westland "Wallace" and Hawker "Hart" during the refuelling demonstration. The pipe is just being drawn on board the "Hart."
The flight of Hawker "Harts" from No. 605 County of Warwick (Bomber) Squadron, Auxiliary Air Force, which flew in perfect formation from Castle Bromwich.
A Vultee of American Airlines. The same type is also used by Bowen Air Lines from Brownsville to Fort Worth. This machine is probably the fastest on any scheduled air line in the world
Mr. MacKirdy's flying "Bulldog" on a matchbox for comparison.
The remains of Sir Alan Cobham's historic D.H.50
A silhouette view taken at the Display at Hendon, which emphasises the "knuckleduster-like" design of the new Short R 24/31 flying boat.
Looking forward into the pilot's cockpit: The pilot's seat can be seen on the port side, with the throttle levers and mixture controls by his right hand.
This view of the centre portion of the "Knuckleduster" shows the braced internal structure. The bunks are for the crew.
A view aft through the pilot's cockpit : Note the "tumble home" of the corrugated outer skin plating.
The Heavy Bomber Wing, consisting of No. 99 (Bomber) Squadron (above) and No. 10 (Bomber) Squadron (below) flying their "Heyfords" past the King at Duxford. Each squadron is in the formation "flights astern."
The King at Mildenhall with the Prince of Wales and the Duke of York. He has stopped to inspect the "Heyfords" of No. 99 (B) Squadron.
Loading up an American Airlines Curtiss "Condor'' sleeper-'plane at Los Angeles preparatory to starting a transcontinental flight. The berths are larger and more comfortable than those on railways
This photograph of the Gloster F. 7/30 are of particular interest, because a number of these day-and-night fighters, with 605 h.p. Bristol "Mercury" engines, have been ordered by the Air Ministry. The picture was taken by Flight's photographer from a Hawker "Hart" flown by Flt. Lt. P. W. S. Bulman, who made a rendezvous with Flt. Lt. P. E. G. Sayer in the F 7/30 midway between Brooklands and Gloucester. Two of the F. 7/30's guns are in the fuselage and two under the wings.
This photograph of the Gloster F. 7/30 are of particular interest, because a number of these day-and-night fighters, with 605 h.p. Bristol "Mercury" engines, have been ordered by the Air Ministry. The picture was taken by Flight's photographer from a Hawker "Hart" flown by Flt. Lt. P. W. S. Bulman, who made a rendezvous with Flt. Lt. P. E. G. Sayer in the F 7/30 midway between Brooklands and Gloucester. Two of the F. 7/30's guns are in the fuselage and two under the wings.
The Gloster F.7/30 four-gun fighter has Dowty internally-sprung wheels on its single-strut undercarriage. Two guns are carried in the wings.
The retractable undercarriage of the Vickers monoplane was not completed in time to show it in its finished state.
The Vickers monoplane bomber (Bristol "Pegasus") has a special type of construction in which curved diagonal members play an important part.
An interested crowd round Mr. Bishop's fine petrol-driven Autogiro model at the N.H.M.F.C. meeting.
REGAL ENTHUSIASM. H.M. the King of the Belgians attended the recent display of the Belgian Air Force at Evere. He is seen with Queen Astrid after alighting from the Fairey "Fox" in which he had flown.
The comparative silence of the Gloster "Gauntlets" of No. 19 (F.) Squadron was generally commented upon when they carried out squadron air drill.
Hawker "Audaxes" of No. 26 (A.C.) Squadron deliver the goods. Provisions are dropped in special parachute-equipped containers from the bomb racks.
Juvenile, but nevertheless critical, interest was not lacking. The picking-up of messages by the six "Audaxes" of No. 26 (A.C.) Squadron certainly met with approval.
FOR DUTCH COLONIAL SERVICE: A Rolls-Royce "Kestrel-"engined Fokker C.X two-seater of a type which is being supplied to the Dutch Colonial Air Force. The particular machine shown here has a 525 h.p. "Kestrel IIS'' but the production models are receiving "Kestrel Vs" of 600 h.p. At the critical altitude a speed of 205 m.p.h. is attained.
The Handley Page H.P.47 general purpose monoplane (Bristol "Pegasus") flying above the Saro "Cloud " amphibian (two Napier "Rapier" engines).
"The Coliseum": The transparent turret over the gunner's cockpit in the Avro 652A would look quite at home at the lower end of St. Martin's Lane.
Metal skin construction is used in the Bristol Bomber Transport (two Bristol "Pegasus" engines).
The Armstrong-Whitworth Bomber Transport (two Siddeley "Tiger VI") has a transparent gun turret at each end of its fuselage. This picture shows the rear turret.
The gun turret in the nose of the Bristol Bomber Transport.
An aileron "tab" on the Bristol bomber transport.
Looking down on a Douglas: This machine, perhaps more than any other, has given the American flying passenger a new conception of air travel
Unloading the forward mail compartment of the Douglas
The Douglas D.C.2 at Mangua, the capital of Nicaragua
NOT LESS THAN 250 M.P.H.: The "Fantome" entered by the Fairey company for the Belgian fighter competition. Armament consists of a 20 mm. canon firing through the airscrew shaft of the 860 h.p. Hispano-Suiza 12Y. brs. liquid-cooled engine, and four Browning guns. Flt. Lt. C. S. Staniland, Fairey's chief test pilot, was flying the machine when this Flight photograph was taken.
Water-cooled representatives: The Fairey "Hendon" heavy bomber on the left has Rolls-Royce "Kestrel" engines, while the "Fantome" on the right has the Hispano-Suiza moteur canon.
INVERSION AT CLOSE QUARTERS. Something the Hendon Display spectators did not see - what the inverted Ano "Tutors" of the Central Flying School look like from another machine only a few yards distant.
Avro Tutors of the Central Flying School, Wittering, rehearsing their display of inverted flying for the 1933 RAF Display at Hendon.
MORE THAN MEETS THE EYE: This innocent-looking D.H. "Tiger Moth" is actually the wireless-controlled target machine, designated the "Queen Bee," the existence of which was kept an official "secret" until a few days ago. Note the connection at the side of the fuselage for catapult work.
Although a biplane and a cabin machine, the "Hornet Moth," as this view shows, is clean aerodynamically. The undercarriage compression leg is an oleo type by Dowty, and the sloping windscreen is a curved one-piece one of cellon.
The D.H. Hall Mark: A fine view which shows the heavily tapered wings of the "Hornet Moth," a distinctive feature of all modern De Havilland aeroplanes.
The amount of windscreen visible in this head-on view of the "Hornet Moth" shows the success of the designer's efforts to provide the pilot with a good outlook.
The new "Hornet Moth" in the clouds - those which heralded last week's thunderstorm - at 10,000 feet.
An aerial view taken from a "Demon" of No. 23 (Fighter) Squadron in the third phase of the fly-past at Duxford. There can be seen a flight of Hawker "Demons" of No. 142 (Bomber) Squadron.
An aerial view taken from a "Demon" of No. 23 (Fighter) Squadron in the third phase of the fly-past at Duxford. There can be seen a flight of Hawker "Demons" of No. 12 (Bomber) Squadron.
The modified empennage on the Percival "Mew Gull."
The Caudron "Simouns" (Renault) which operate on the fast new mail services between Paris and Bordeaux, Havre, Strasbourg and Lille.
THE WESTERN FLEET. Starting operations with a single machine at Filton aerodrome in 1929, Mr. Norman Edgar's fleet now consists of three D.H. "Dragons," two "Puss Moths" and a "Gipsy Moth." Additional and faster machines are to be acquired in due course for service extensions detailed in this issue.
The cockpits of the Westland "Wallace" are protected by folding transparent hoods.
A low-altitude aerial view of the "New and Experimental" park. The big machine in the centre, dwarfing the D.H. "Comet" in front of it, is the A.-W. bomber transport.
Cooling themselves synthetically in the shade of a "Leopard Moth" are (left to right), Miss Fontes, sister of Luis Fontes of motoring fame, who was second in the Grosvenor Trophy Race, Mrs. Macdonald, Mrs. Battye, Mrs. Paterson, Mr. Roy Harben and Mr. Harold Perrin, Secretary of the Royal Aero Club, who appears to be blowing on his ice, presumably to raise its temperature before eating it.
SENIOR AND JUNIOR. Units of the Fleet Air Arm gave a wonderful exhibition of formation flying during their fly-past at the review by the King of his fleet. This is how the Blackburn "Baffins" of No. 810 (T.B.j Squadron appeared from one of the lower decks of HMS Glorious. A sister-ship, the Courageous, is on the left of the picture.
Picturesque, if not exciting - sixteen Irvin parachutes, carrying 200-lb. weights, being dropped from Vickers "Virginias" of the Home Aircraft Depot.
Flying Londonward in the twilight. - A Flight photographer's impression from the tail cockpit of a "Virginia" of No. 502 B. Squadron.
The pilot's view of "Air skittles" - an ever-popular item carried out by "Virginias." The smoke from the bomb which has just burst can be seen.
The rubber-driven "Comper Swift" model with which Mr. H. G. Lambert won the Flight Challenge Trophy at the Northern Heights Model Flying Club's Rally last Sunday. Results were judged both on appearance and performance. The model is of the machine which finished second in the 1932 King's Cup Race, entered by H.R.H. the Prince of Wales and flown by Flt. Lt. E. H. Fielden.
A Sikorsky S.40 flying boat alongside the landing stage in Havana
One of the "drooping" ailerons on the Parnall "Heck."
One half of the Parnall "Heck's" outwardly-retracting undercarriage and a portion of a flap.
ON THE ROAD: The fuselage of a new and experimental Boeing bomber which has been entered in competition with other types at Dayton, Ohio. It will be known as the Boeing 290. Four "Hornet" engines, driving constant speed airscrews, are fitted. The span is approximately 100ft. and the gross weight about fifteen tons. A speed between 200 and 250 m.p.h. at 10,000 ft. is demanded by the specification.
A BRITISH "POU" FLIES. The Flight photographs above show Mr. Appleby with his Pou-du-Ciel (special 10 h.p. Ford engine) and (in circle) during one of his initial "hops" at Heston a few days agp. On the right is the "Pou" built by Mr. Philip Priest of Huddersfield, with the help of his cousins, Allen, Kenneth, and Geoffrey; its behaviour during experimental taxying has been promising. At present it is fitted with a Douglas motor cycle engine, but awaits a special Scott unit, as does the Pou built by Messrs. C. Brooke, A. Morton and F. Lawton, also in Huddersfield. Mr. Priest says that he and Mr. Brooke have each spent about ?30 on their "Pous," so, unless the matter of a C. of A. proves troublesome, the total cost, with engine, should be about ?75 in each case.
THE "POU DU CIEL" which Mr. S. V. Appleby is building at Heston is progressing fast, and will shortly be taking the air. The engine, as announced in Flight of March 28, is a four-cylinder watercooled unit developed by Sir John Carden. Basically it is a 10 h.p. Ford car engine, with a welded steel-plate sump and a modified light-alloy cylinder head. In this form the output is expected to be 30 h.p. at about 3,400 r.p.m. Engine and fuselage are shown in this sketch
Lt.-Cdr. C. W. Phillips, R.N. (retd.), who won the Grosvenor Trophy in Mr. Lindsay Everard's "Moth" ("Gipsy III."). The engine is historical, as it is the one which the late Miss Winifred Spooner purchased for her Breda machine for competitions in Europe.
The Bristol "Aquila" engine was seen at Hendon for the first time in this Bristol "Bullpup."
Arnoux, the winner, stepping out of his Caudron "Rafale"
The footstep on the Handley-Page G.P. monoplane folds upwards when not in use.
SPEED WITH A DIFFERENCE. The "Crusader" AG-4, which is produced by the American Gyro Co., of Denver, Colorado, seats four people and cruises at 210 m.p.h. with two 156 h.p. Menasco engines. A larger version will carry five passengers and a pilot at a maximum of 237 m.p.h. In this case the two engines will be Menascos of 210 h.p. each.
A CRUSADER. A close-up of the Gyro "Crusader" monoplane which was illustrated in Flight last week. The tail is carried on two metal booms.