Flight 1937-01
Flight
The American naval machine: Curtiss BF2C-1 bomber-fighter;
THE SINCEREST FORM OF FLATTERY: Remembering the success with which D.L.H. have operated their regular night mail service between Berlin and Croydon, it is not surprising that British Airways have acquired two Junkers Ju. 52 machines for their Continental night mail. These were originally ordered by A. B. Aerotransport and have P. and W. Wasp engines with Hamilton v.p. airscrews - in place of the more normal B.M.W. Hornets. The first British Ju. 52 is seen here taxying out at Gatwick for its initial test flight with Mr. Campbell-Orde, the company's operational manager, on board.
THE MOUNT OF TEMPTATION: The wilderness of Judaea, where once Elijah and John the Baptist lived the lives of hermits, is a grim and folding tract of country. In this picture three Harts pass lightly by the traditional scene of the Temptation, but it is no place for the airman's ideal of "happy landings."
THE FIRST FOR THIS COUNTRY: Lord Beaverbrook's new Lockheed "12" photographed at Burbank, California. The "12," in standard form, is a six-passenger transport, which, with two 400 h.p. Pratt and Whitney Wasp Juniors, cruises at 213 m.p.h. at about 10,000 ft., and is, in fact, a smaller version of the well-known Electra.
France's new single-seater fleet fighter: The Dewoitine D.373 with Gnome-Rhone K.14 engine
Inside the fuselage. The longitudinal stringers are continuous and are joggled into the frames. The floor beam supports take the form of girders of tubular construction.
(Left) The "Office": Note the two control columns, ready for their wheels, and the hanging rudder pedals. The tail-trimming wheel is seen in the centre, at floor level. (Right) A view inside the forward cabin, looking towards the pilots' cockpit.
Weighing nearly 20 tons, the A.W.27 or Ensign class will carry 40 passengers on the European routes and up to 27 passengers on Empire routes.
An idea of the spaciousness of the internal accommodation of the A.W.27 machines for Imperial Airways is given by this cut-away drawing.
The wing construction of the A.W.27 incorporates a single box spar and the covering is partly light metal and partly fabric. The sketches show how these materials are attached to the wing framework.
The construction of the tail follows the same general system as that used in the main wing, but the gauges are, of course, very much lighter. Note the "Z" sections in the corners of the spar box
"IN THE BOX": The initiated know that this expression means flying behind the leader of a V formation with the arms of the V on either side. It is a good position for observing the quick reactions necessary to keep each machine in perfect formation. Our chief photographer assures us that half an hour in the box with the Gloster Gauntlets of No. 56 (F) Squadron is quite an interesting experience.
The hook suspended from the axle of this Hawker Audax (Rolls-Royce Kestrel), in close formation with another over some of Cairo's more modern buildings, indicates that it is an army cooperation type and as such an invaluable unit in the organisation of Middle-Eastern defence.
A Vought Corsair being catapulted from the U.S.S. Arkansas. The central-float arrangement is very popular in the U.S. Navy.
A Fairey Seal of the Fleet Air Arm operating as a float plane.
Saro London, variously fitted with 690 h.p. Pegasus IIIs and 850 h.p. Pegasus Xs.
A Fokker C.11-W seaplane of the Dutch Navy departs on its lawful occasions.
The American naval machine: Curtiss SOC-1 scout-observation;
Japan uses this type of machine - the Navy 95 - for reconnaissance.
Fairey Swordfish torpedo-spotter-reconnaissance machines (Pegasus III) ready for torpedo practice at Gosport.
A Fairey Swordfish and H.M.S. Eagle off Gibraltar.
BATTLE JUNIOR - TOP OF THE CLASS: The new Fairey light bomber with Rolls-Royce Merlin engine of 1,000-plus h.p. In general layout this type - which is probably the fastest single-engined bomber in the world - is reminiscent of the Battle medium bomber but is six feet shorter in span and carries a lighter load. The undercarriage is of a different design, retracting inwardly instead of rearwards. Dive bombing is likely to be one of the new machine's main duties.
The American naval machine: Douglas XTBD-1 torpedo-bomber;
The American naval machine: Vought XSB2U-1.
A Rapide (two Gipsy Sixes) operating on skis.
CIVIL EXPANSION: Speedy progress is being made with the reconstruction of Le Bourget, the airport of Paris. This view shows the control tower of the new building. The aircraft is an Air France Potez 62 with Gnome-Rhone K.14S.
Sqn. Ldr. Swain and the Bristol 138 monoplane.
THE LATEST EXPRESS: This view of the new D.H. 86B clearly shows the details of the new tail unit which has been designed to improve the handling qualities, particularly on full load. Improvements have also been made to the undercarriage. This particular 86B was about to be delivered to Blackpool and West Coast Air Services.
Oil supplies for a D.H.86 from a Mobiloil aerodrome unit.
USEFUL LUXURY: A car radio set has been fitted to a private owner's D.H. Hornet Moth by the Philco concern. Apart from its entertainment value, this equipment should be useful now that regular meteorological broadcasts are made during the day, and this photograph shows how neatly it has been installed. The Hornet is owned by Mr. Derek Schreiber. Results appear to have been satisfactory despite the lack of ignition screening.
The smaller Pobjoy-engined Monospar S.T.25.
Eminently suitable for charter operation is the Heston Phoenix with a D.H. Gipsy Six engine.
CEREMONY: At the new Percival works at Luton, and in the presence of the Mayors of Luton, Monmouth and Abergavenny, Mr. David Llewellyn's Vega Gull was last week christened County of Monmouth by the Mayor of Newport. The machine, which has a Gipsy Six Series II engine and v.p. airscrew, will be used for a Cape record attempt. It would appear that one of the distinguished visitors involuntarily shared the Vega Gull's champagne bath.
The most advanced civil aircraft yet in service: the peerless Short Empire flying boat with four Bristol Pegasus XC engines.
Short Empire boat (four 740 h.p. Bristol Pegasus XCs)
A high-performance Italian bombing and reconnaissance flying boat (750 h.p. Isotta-Fraschini "Asso.").
The Flight photograph is of a Lockheed Electra, the agents for which are Rollason Aircraft Services.
Mrs. Amelia Earhart Putnam seen with the Lockheed Electra "Flying Laboratory" belonging to Purdue University.
The general layout of the Porterfield "70" and the pilot's range of view are adequately shown in this Flight photograph of the machine flying near Croydon.
The Spartan Executive, for which Surrey Flying Services are the concessionaires.
The Stinson Reliant, handled by Brian Allen Aviation
Vought SBU-1 scout-bombers of the U.S. Navy.
The American naval machine: Vought SBU-1 scout-bomber;
The Miles Merlin, a "charter" type with Gipsy Six engine.
The seaplane version of the unique Short Scion Senior has a maximum speed of 135 m.p.h.
OFFICIAL DELIVERY: The first oi the production Miles Straight Specials at Heston. Mr. Miles is entering (or leaving) the side-by-side cabin, while Mr. Whitney Straight stands on the "running board."
LANDLUBBING "MAYO": One Mike Murphy lifts his Taylor Cub from the roof of an obliging automobile at Miami.
One of our own Hawker Ospreys warming up.
MODERN MOTIF: The Comet Hotel, near Hatfield aerodrome, exhibits this attractive model of Scott and Black's MacRobertson mount as its sign.
An impression of the Italian Macchi-Castoldi seaplane with twin Fiat engine of 3,100 h.p. The record of 440.68 m.p.h. it set up in 1934 has not since been challenged.
An Airspeed Envoy fitted with Siddeley Cheetah IX engines in which form it is capable of 205 m.p.h.
UNILATERAL EXPANSION. At the Scotia Works, Willesden, a full-size mock-up of the British Burnelli has been completed. Note the plywood Rolls-Royce Kestrel engine. Some idea of the roominess of cabin and cockpit can be formed from the picture.
The Scion is of Short design and Pobjoy manufacture and is powered with two Niagara radials.
The Monospar Croydon is fitted with two American Pratt and Whitney Wasp Junior engines, but various other power plants are available.
The American naval machine: Grumman SF-1 scout (similar to FF-1 fighter);
One of the new Clarke Chapman floodlights at Newcastle municipal airport. This company has equipped the airport with three floodlights, neon beacon, illuminated wind tee, twenty-five boundary lights, full obstruction lighting, and remote lighting control
British Oxygen Company's portable tyre-inflation cylinder ''topping-up'' one of Syrinx's tyres. Incidentally, nitrogen is coming into favour for tyre inflation, and the B.O.C. claim many advantages for it.
TAILS UP! Successful performance has now been achieved at Toussus le Noble, France, with this startling aircraft, which was illustrated in Flight a year ago. It is the brain-child of M. Charles de Rouge.