Flight 1936-09
A PIPPIN: The Prototype Bristol Blenheim medium bomber with a pair of the latest Mercury engines, which give 840 h.p. at 14,000 ft. The Blenheim is a direct development of the cabin monoplane Britain First, built for Lord Rothermere and presented to the R.A.F. It is almost certainly the fastest twin-engined bomber in the world
LULL IN THE STORM: Varied fauna at the Bristol club's garden party last Saturday, which suffered severely from the weather. Seen here are one of the Club Swallows, the Bristol 143, an Autogiro, a Drone, and three Harts of No. 501 (City of Bristol) Squadron. The human element is mainly seeking solace in the clubhouse, which, with the Airwork hangar, can be seen in the background.
Mr. R. O. Shuttleworth, in the cockpit of his cross-Channel Bleriot, chats to Mr. A. E. Grimmer, who, in 1913, bought and flew the original from the remains of which this perfect replica was rebuilt.
Harry Richman, Dick Merrill and the impressive Cyclone in the transatlantic Vultee.
The modified Hawk Speed Six (220 h.p. Gipsy Six R) to be flown by F/O. Clouston. Its maximum speed is about 200 m.p.h.
This sketch gives an excellent idea of F/O. Clouston's surroundings in his Hawk Speed Six. The cockpit enclosure is new.
A trouser leg on Clouston's Speed Six Hawk. This is shorter than standard and the tyres are narrower.
Study in light and shade: a Heyford of No. 102 (B.) Squadron on its way from Worthy Down to Finningley during the recent move to the new aerodrome.
Farewell to Worthy Down: Heyfords on the way to their new home at Finningley
What is the weather in three hours' time?
A SKY-SPLITTER: The new Seversky single-seater pursuit monoplane adopted as standard equipment by the U.S. Army Air Corps. Powered with a Pratt and Whitney Twin Wasp delivering something like 1,000 h.p. it seems, from all reports, to be quite a sound proposition but it is improbable that it reaches the standard of our new monoplane fighters either in performance or armament.
LONG-RANGE ARTILLERY: The Vickers Wellesley, thanks to the merits of geodetic construction, can destroy targets at an abnormal distance from its base.
GOSPORT CAMEO: A Blackburn Shark (Siddeley Tiger) and a Vickers Vildebeest (Bristol Pegasus) used for development work with torpedoes at Gosport. Both types (classed officially as torpedo bombers), although well established in service, are still in quantity production. Certain Vildebeests are receiving Perseus sleeve-valve engines.
CLOUD CEILING. A large auxiliary aerofoil is mounted above the engine nacelles (which carry Pratt and Whitney Wasps) on Mr. O. S. Baker's Saro Cloud amphibian.
The now famous Sikorsky S.43 amphibian, this particular version of which having been sold for work in Norway, where the type should be particularly valuable.
A hanging windsock and open umbrellas tell their tale while F/O. King winds up his nerve-shattering display.
Fig. 1: Superimposed photographs of the tufted Tiger Moth wing at 50 and 60 m.p.h.
Fig. 2: The Hornet Moth wing at 46 and 70 m.p.h. (superimposed).
LIMOUSINE TAXI: A pleasing camera study of the De Havilland Dragonfly lately supplied to Rhodesia and Nyassaland Airways. This model has proved so popular as to encourage the construction of a larger machine - the Dolphin - of similar layout with a pair of the new Series II Gipsy Six engines.
Major Miller, who is flying No.1 Mew Gull in the race, and Capt. E. W. Percival, who has more machines in the race than any other constructor.
Halse's Mew Gull
Campbell Black's tragic Miss Liverpool. The absence of spinners is unfortunate from aesthetic and aerodynamic viewpoints.
Arrangements for the comfort and safeguarding of a Mew Gull pilot. Not the least interesting feature the Irvin chair-type parachute.
The Percival Vega Gull (D.H. Gipsy Six), which bids fair to emulate the memorable feats of the Gull. Note in this view the large spinner over the hub of the Ratier V.P. airscrew on the Vega used by Mrs. Markham (inset).
Caledonia, the second Empire boat, and a Singapore.
ON THE BRIDGE: The control cabin of the Short Canopus. In addition to the normal controls and instruments the Sperry automatic pilot switch-over and the airscrew pitch controls can be seen below the throttle bank, while the trimming controls are above the screen in the centre. An extraordinarily good all-round view is obtainable from the cabin.
The winner of the Haston-Cardiff race, Mr. R. J. Waight, in the cockpit of the T.K.2.
AIR FRANCE'S LATEST: The twenty-two seater Dewoitine 338 which will shortly be paying a visit to Croydon. This machine has been developed from the 333, three of which are being used on the Toulouse - Dakar section of the South Atlantic service. The extra drag of a wider fuselage has been compensated by the use of a retractable undercarriage and the top speed is only just short of 200 m.p.h. A fleet of these machines will be used on the London-Marseilles service pending the completion of the big Farmans, alter which they will go East.
Mr. K. K. Brown, chief instructor of the Cinque Ports Club, flies Mr. Ken Waller's 1912 Caudron, while M. Guy Hansez provides a contrast with its 1935-1936 descendant, the Simoun.
Alex Papana of the Roumanian Air Force with the Bucker Jungmeister aerobatic trainer was flown to the U.S.A. in the Zeppelin Hindenburg for demonstration at the National Air Races.
Herr Forster steals forty winks under the protection of the Swastika.
Herr Paul Forster in action with his Focke-Wulf Stieglitz.
INDIVIDUALITY is expressed in the layout of the new Koolhoven Junior, which has a 50 h.p. Walter Mikron engine and carries two people at a maximum speed of 93 m.p.h.
The Cessna winning the Wakefield Trophy by a narrow margin from Miss Klingan, in Mr. du Port's Moth Major, which can be seen low down on the left. (Inset) Mr. Jimmy Haizlip, pilot of the Cessna, looks pleased about it.
Canadian Airways' latest acquisition, a Lockheed Electra 10.A, which cruises at 190 m.p.h. with ten passengers and freight.
During the demonstrations: The Short Scion Senior over a section of the crowd
The Mayor of Rochester (Councillor W. Longley, J.P.) and Miss Gladys Batchelor, the "Air Queen," seeing off the Mayoress for her first flight, made with Flt. Lt. Tommy Rose in the demonstration Eagle.
The Miles Whitney Straight is seen landing, with its flaps in the fully lowered position; an intermediate position is employed for takeoff.
The view gives a fair idea of the plan form.
The Gipsy Major engine exposed to view, and the very roomy cabin open.
A group during a demonstration of the Miles Whitney Straight at Heston (left to right): Lt.-Col. L. A. Strange, of Straight Corporation, Ltd.; Mr. Alan Muntz, of Airwork; Mr. R. E. Grant-Govan of Indian National Airways; and Mr. Whitney Straight.
Mr. Ken Waller and Capt. Max Findlay investigate the construction of their Cheetah IX Airspeed Envoy at Portsmouth.
No. 13, the Airspeed Envoy, is probably the most completely equipped machine in the race. The engines are Cheetah IXs.
Fig. 4 (top): The Leopard Moth in straight flight; the tufts indicate a stall just beginning at the wing roots. Fig. 5: A sideslip of 14 deg. immediately before the stall.
An impression from the inside of the London Club's hangar while the four Drones (two of them to be seen) shoot-up the surrounding landscape. A part of the Club fleet stands without.
DRONE-DRIVER: The installation of the 30 h.p. water-cooled Carden in a new version of the Kronfeld Super Drone.
It will be gathered from a comparison of the two photographs on this page that the undercarriage of the Curlew has a long travel. Note also the unusually roomy cockpits.
The simple, sturdy monocoque fuselage of the C.L.W. Curlew. The covering is of Alclad.
PUSHING THE BOAT OUT: Mr. Hore-Belisha launched a new cruiser last week at Devonport, after arriving in a B.A. Swallow from Wilmington via an unrestricted area. The Swallow must have inspired a particular feeling of confidence, because it can be throttled back safely to round about the desired 30 m.p.h. Mr. Hore-Belisha intends to learn to fly himself.
Fig. 6 (left): A "shallow" stall on the B.A. Swallow, with the wing yawed forward 5 deg. Fig. 7: A "deep" stall with the wing yawed back 10 deg.
Fig. 3: The Swallow, with fins to prevent bending of the surface layer flow.
Where the Pou pinches: M. Mignet apologises to one of the officials, Mr. C. A. Wilson, for a certain difficulty of egress from the H.M.18.
The far-from-conventional Weick pusher in which all normal manoeuvres are carried with only two controls. The slot-cum-aileron can be seen in the centre of the wing.
Probably the most silent twin-engined transport (from inside) in the world: Air France's new Breguet-Wibault 670 with two 820 h.p. Gnome Rhone K.14S.
His mount: The B.A. Double Eagle (2 Gipsy Six) which Flt. Lt. Rose will fly.
Although its Gipsy Sixes are not of the Series II type and it has fixed-pitch airscrews, Tommy Rose's B.A. Double Eagle is expected to give a very good account of itself.
Extra tankage arrangements in Flt. Lt. Tommy Rose's B.A. Double Eagle. The single passenger seat can also be seen.
Sketches showing at a glance the action of the retractable undercarriage on the Double Eagle to be flown by Tommy Rose
The Mauboussin "Hemiptere" in flight.
Diagram of wing arrangement in the "Hemiptere."
Plainly ticketed! Messrs. Blayney, Broughton and Wilson with the new Broughton-Blayney monoplane (30 h.p. Carden).
Two-up on 32 h.p.! The Bassou pusher monoplane which Col. Fitzmaurice has brought over from France, and which it is hoped will be built in this country. When the machine is on all three wheels of its three-point undercarriage the tail booms are well clear of the ground.
Real racing: The scratch man, W. Humble (Hawk Six), truly vertical as he rounds the grandstand turn at Hereford. He averaged 184 m.p.h. over the ninety-mile course.