Air Enthusiast 1996-03
D.Ford - Anglo-French Aspects. Cross Channel High Aspect Wing Development
HD-34 F-BHOO pictured in 1987. The KLM Cityhopper Fokker F.27 to the left provides a good comparison of scale.
The Series 3 Skyvan, with Garrett TPE331 turboprops was a much more developed airframe than the early SC.7 variants. This head-on aspect of a Ghana Air Force Series 3M shows the H-D concept of supplemental lift struts and stub wings for the undercarriage to advantage.
Prototype Short SC. 7 Skyvan in its Series 1A form, with Turbomeca Astazou II turboprops as envisaged for HDM.107 Caravan.
The Miles HDM.105 in flight, carrying its initial ‘trade-plate’ registration. The structure from the base of the engine to the undercarriage/main strut union served as a faired fuel tank.
Three-view of the Miles HDM.105 with (inset) the Miles HDM.106 Caravan
Operated by the ‘Association des Mecaniciens et Pilotes d'Avions Anciens', the prototype HD-34 F-BHOO making a STOL approach to the grass airfield of La Ferte Alois in 1990 after having dropped a parachute team - note the open door underneath the port engine.
Hurel Dubois HD.34 survey aircraft, the only practical application of high aspect ratio thinking in France.
HD-34 F-BHOO pictured in 1987. The KLM Cityhopper Fokker F.27 to the left provides a good comparison of scale.
The high aspect ratio wing needs distance to be appreciated! HD-34 F-BHOO also demonstrating its three landing lights and offset nose wheel.
A good view of the starboard main and auxiliary struts. It can be seen that the main strut has an appreciable chord, being a supplemental wing. The small pylon is carrying an air sampling pod.
Hurel-Dubois HD-31 in initial form with twin fins and rudders. Also side-view of the proposed HD-45 jet airliner.
Loganair Shorts 360 on take-off from the beech airstrip at Barra. The ‘360 is a modern day approach to Maurice Hurel’s quest for an economic regional airliner.