Percival. Самолеты семейства Gull
Эдгар У. Персиваль построил прототип своего трехместного туристического моноплана Type D.1 Gull в Мэйдстоуне в 1932 году. В том же году в гонке на Королевский кубок самолет показал среднюю скорость 229,7 км/ч. Аэродинамически чистый дизайн привлек внимание, ДальшеMore>>>
и новая компания "Percival Aircraft Со." выдала субподряд на постройку 24 Type D.2 Gull компании "George Parnall & Со.". На машины ставились двигатели Cirrus Hermes IV и de Havilland Gipsy Major мощностью 130 л. с., а также Napier Javelin III мощностью 160 л. с. Самолеты известны под общим обозначением Gull Four.
В 1934 году компания "Percival Aircraft" открыла в Грейвсенде свою собственную сборочную мастерскую и начала выпускать улучшенную модель Type D.3 Gull Six с двигателем de Havilland Gipsy Six мощностью 200 л.с. Самолет имел более изящное одноподкосное неубирающееся шасси с обтекателями и улучшенную кабину, но сохранил складывающиеся крылья модели Gull Four. В 1936 году компания переехала в Лутон, где был построен 48-й самолет D.3, поставленный компании "Shell" в Южную Африку в октябре 1937 года.
Flight, July 1932
The Percival "Gull”
130 h.p. "Hermes IV" Engine
THERE are those who maintain that practically all the progress made during the last ten years or so has been due to improvements in aero engines, and that of real advance in the aerodynamic design of aircraft there has been almost none. It is certainly true that the aero engine has been improved out of all recognition. A gradual decrease in specific weight has been accompanied by a pronounced increase in reliability. This was amply proved during the recent race for the King's Cup, when engine trouble was almost entirely absent in spite of the running of the engines at full throttle for a distance of 1,230 miles. That progress has been made in the aerodynamic design of aircraft becomes evident every so often, when a new type is produced which shows a very much better performance than previously existing machines of comparable type. There was an instance of this with the de Havilland "Fox Moth" flown by Hope in the King's Cup, which he won easily. That machine was very much faster than anyone had expected, and its aerodynamic design must be very clean indeed.
Another type which flew in the King's Cup Race, and one of the "dark horses," being quite a new machine, was the Percival "Gull," fitted with the new "Hermes IV" inverted engine. Although the "Gull" did not succeed in getting a place in the race, it was quite evident, from the fact that it averaged 142.75 m.p.h. around the whole course, that here was a new machine of more than average efficiency. An examination of the data relating to the machine shows that this impression is indeed well founded.
I t is our custom, when describing new aircraft, to endeavour to get an idea of their aerodynamic and structural efficiency by examining certain "figures of merit" which represent, in a general way, these two qualities. For the former the Everling "High-speed Figure" is useful, and a very fair indication of structural efficiency is provided by the ratio of gross to tare weight.
When using British units, but keeping the actual "Highspeed Figure" value the same as it would be in the units employed by Dr. Everling in his original article, the formula for the "High-speed Figure" is N/2Kd = V^3/147,000*S/HP., where V is the speed in m.p.h., S is the wing area in square feet, HP. the maximum horse-power of the engine, Kd the "absolute" drag coefficient, and N the propeller efficiency.
In the case of the Percival "Gull," the wing area is 169 sq. ft., the maximum engine power 130 b.h.p., and the maximum speed claimed is 145 m.p.h. These figures give to the Everling "High-speed Figure" a value of 27, which is the highest we have ever recorded. It is even slightly higher than that for the Schneider machines, and indicates that, assuming the same propeller efficiency, the "Gull" has a lower minimum drag coefficient! When it is remembered that the "Gull" is a three-seater, this is somewhat remarkable.
If the aerodynamic efficiency of the "Gull" is high, the structural efficiency also appears to be well above the average (again probably due to all-wood construction). The gross weight is 2,050 lb., and the tare weight 1,170 lb. This gives a ratio of gross to tare weight of 1.75, which although not the highest we have recorded, is well above the average. (The highest ratio of gross to tare weight of any recent British machine which we have described is that of the de Havilland "Fox Moth," which shows a ratio of 1.9.)
Yet another indication of the efficiency or refinement of an aeroplane is provided by its speed range. The maximum speed of the "Gull" is 145 m.p.h. and the minimum speed approximately 42 m.p.h. This gives a speed range of nearly 3 1/2 to 1, which is a very unusual figure.
Thus, which ever way one looks at it, the Percival "Gull" appears to be an aeroplane with qualities well above the average. This is further borne out by other features of the machine. For example, the cruising speed is 125 m.p.h. with pilot and two passengers, luggage, and fuel for 700 miles on board. Cruising at more than two miles a minute, with three people "sharing" an engine of a maximum of 130 b.h.p. and a normal power of 120 b.h.p., is economical travelling indeed, and it is travelling in great comfort, as the staggered seats for the two passengers are so placed and spaced that each has sufficient, if not an abundance, of leg room. The pilot's seat, being in front, has very ample space around it, and the view over the inverted engine is excellent.
Structurally the Percival "Gull" is a very straightforward piece of work. The fuselage is a "box" composed of light spruce stringers and struts, the whole covered with a three-ply skin. The cantilever wing incorporates the Hendy Patent wing construction, which consists of two main spars braced in the planes of their upper and lower flanges by a series of lattice ties. This construction gives a wing which is particularly strong in torsion.
The undercarriage is of the divided type, and each wheel is carried on a short axle which rests at each end in a crosshead running in guides. Springing is by two springs on each side of the wheel, an oil ashpot between the two springs on each side serving to damp out bouncing.
The "Hermes IV" engine is very neatly installed, and the careful cowling to which the inverted engine lends itself has doubtless contributed materially to the clean lines and high aerodynamic efficiency of the machine. In the King's Cup Race the "Hermes IV" ran without a hitch, and remarkably smoothly. If the engine stood without trouble a distance of 1,230 miles at full throttle, there should be no likelihood of it being other than absolutely reliable when used in the ordinary way at cruising power. (The engine was described and illustrated in our issue of July 8, 1932.)
The petrol tanks are placed in the inner ends of the wings, each having a capacity of 20 gallons. At cruising speed this suffices for a range of about 700 miles. The oil tank is built into the leading edge of the port wing root, and has a capacity of 3 gallons. The tank acts at the same time as an oil cooler.
It is of interest to point out that if the two seats for passengers are removed, the machine can be used as a mail carrier, when it will carry approximately 400 lb. of mails at a cruising speed of 125 m.p.h. over a range of 700 miles. This should be a very useful mail plane on many routes.
Finally, it can be stated that Mr. E. W. Percival has arranged for the "Gull" to be put into production at once, and the first production machine should be ready in about 10 weeks. The price of the "Gull" will be ?1,250, completely equipped. Inquiries should be addressed to Mr. Percival at 81, St. George's Square, London, S.W.I.
Flight, November 1932
E. W. Percival
20, Grosvenor Place, London, S.W.I
A WELL-KNOWN firm is now building for Mr. E. W. Percival the very fast little "Gull" three-seater cabin monoplane, the first specimen of which put up such a splendid performance in the race for the King's Cup last summer, when the machine averaged 142.75 m.p.h. (230 km./h.) over the whole course.
The Percival "Gull" is a low-wing monoplane, mainly of wood construction, with a tapered cantilever wing faired into the fuselage, and a very simple type of undercarriage attached direct to the wing. That the design is very clean aerodynamically is proved by the high performance, which is unusually good in view of the fact that the machine is a three-seater and the engine a Hermes IV of 130 b.h.p. only.
The main data of the Percival ''Gull" are :-
Length o.a. 24 ft. 8 in. (7,52 m.)
Wing span 36 ft. 0 in. (10,8 m.)
Wing area 169 sq. ft. (15,7 m!.)
Tare weight 1,170 lb. (532 kg.)
Gross weight 2,050 lb. (932 kg.)
Maximum speed 145 m.p.h. (233 km./h.)
Cruising speed 125 m.p.h. (201 km./h.)
Range 700 miles (1 125 km.)
Flight, April 1934
AN IMPROVED "GULL"
Increased comfort with no sacrifice of performance
SINCE 1932, when the Percival "Gull" appeared, machines of this type have put up some quite astounding performances for aircraft of such low power. Four "Gulls," fitted with Napier "Javelin" engines, completed the King's Cup course in 1933 at average speeds of about 150 m.p.h., and another carried Sir Charles Kingsford Smith to Australia in the record time of seven days. Others have been doing hard, if less spectacular, work in the service of private owners and air operating companies. The machine has proved itself particularly useful for fast air taxi work and for the transport of Press photographers and films.
When last week, the 1934 model "Gull" was announced and was demonstrated by Capt. Percival at Heston, we found that the few respects in which the machine differs from its forerunner are mostly in the nature of improvements made for the comfort of the occupants and are not mere "modifications" in the accepted aeronautical sense of the word.
An exterior view of the new type shows few differences. Entrance to the cabin of the older "Gull" was made through a hinged roof. This arrangement, although necessitating less acrobatic skill than is needed to enter some aircraft, was by no means ideal, and the two wide doors which have now been fitted to the cabin make a great improvement. The cabin itself has been slightly enlarged and has been thoroughly sound-proofed by Rumbold & Co., Ltd. This must be considered a real improvement over the old "Gull," especially the "Javelin"-engined version, which is a rather noisy aircraft. To the rear of the cabin windows is the door of the luggage locker. Access to the locker may also be gained from the cabin itself. Both the interior and exterior finish are above the average of most aircraft.
A new wing-folding arrangement which is simple, safe and easily operated is now fitted.
Much comment has been aroused regarding the undercarriage of the "Gull," which is of Percival design and construction. The original design was so clean that the complications of a retractable version were not considered worth while. It was, however, generally considered a little harsh, and has now been redesigned. Longer travel is provided for in the shock absorbers. The tail skid fitted to the early "Gulls" has been superseded by a swivelling tail wheel.
The "Gull" which was demonstrated by Capt. Percival at Heston last Friday was fitted with a Napier "Javelin" engine, but "Gipsy Major" and "Hermes IV" engined versions are available, and the de Havilland "Gipsy Six" engine of about 200 h.p. is soon to be fitted as an alternative power plant. At present Capt. Percival is waiting to make the first "Gipsy Six" installation in a "Gull," and this version should be flying in about four or five weeks' time. Capt. Percival expects that the top speed, with the "Gipsy Six," will be about 170 m.p.h. and the cruising speed 160 m.p.h. It should be remembered in this connection that the normal power of the "Gipsy Six" is more than the maximum power of the "Javelin," with which engine the top speed of a "Gull" is about 160 m.p.h. With a "Gipsy Major" or "Hermes IV" engine the maximum speed is about 145 m.p.h. and the cruising speed 125 m.p.h. The machine may be supplied with tankage for a range of either 550 miles or 750 miles.
For a thick-winged cantilever monoplane the "Gull" must be considered a very manoeuvrable aeroplane. We have not yet done any aerobatics in it, but in the hands of Capt. Percival it appears to loop beautifully.
Capt. Percival expects that the price of the "Gipsy Six" model will be between ?1,575 and ?1,580.
Flight, March 1935
THE 1935 MODEL "GULL"
Comfortable Touring for Three at 150 m.p.h.: a Speed Range of 3.6 to 1
AT Gravesend aerodrome last Thursday, Captain E. W. Percival introduced his 1935 model "Gull." Generally speaking, the new machine retains the main features of last year's model, but a few modifications have been made and certain features added which together render the "Gull" thoroughly up to date in the private-owner's class. Split trailing-edge flaps reduce the landing speed and steepen the approach, while differentially operated wheel brakes reduce the landing run, so that the machine can be brought into a reasonably small field. At the same time, the aerodynamic design is such that a high maximum speed and a cruising speed of 150 m.p.h. are attained when the power plant is a 200 h.p. D.H. "Gipsy Six" six-cylinder-in-line air-cooled engine. With engines of lower power the performance is, of course, correspondingly reduced, but is still quite good. For example, with the Napier "Javelin" the cruising speed is 140 m.p.h., and with the "Gipsy Major" or "Hermes IV" it is 130 m.p.h. These figures apply when carrying pilot and two passengers.
The cabin is airy and well lighted by large windows. Fresh air is drawn in from a point on the wing sufficiently far outboard to preclude engine fumes entering the cabin, and for really hot weather some of the windows can be opened, although this admits a certain amount of engine noise. With the windows closed, the noise level is by no means high. The seats are arranged one behind the other and slightly staggered. In spite of the relatively small width of the cabin there is sufficient room, and the controls have been so arranged as to leave the floor space completely free. Behind the cabin there is a luggage compartment, closed by a separate door.
Cabin doors of large area are fitted, and an arrangement of spring-loaded cables ensures that the doors remain open while passengers are getting in and out. The doors impress one as being particularly solid and rigid, in distinct contrast on the flimsy contraptions found on some machines. The stout member which runs lengthwise over the central roof inspires confidence, not only in its ability to transmit the loads in spite of the large doors, but also in its effectiveness as a skid in the unlikely event of the machine turning over on the ground.
The split trailing-edge flap gear is very ingenious, and Capt. Percival has managed to evolve a system which will appeal to the pilot by reason of its mode of operation. The flaps, which do not extend across the bottom of the fuselage, are worked by a plain lever placed on the left-hand side of the pilot. When the flaps are in the "up" position, the lever lies flat on the floor. As it is raised the flaps come down until, when the flaps are fully down, the lever is self-locked in the uppermost position. The arrangement is logical, being exactly the equivalent of the hand-brake lever on a motor car, and the pilot has the "feel" of the flaps throughout the whole range. The load on the lever, by the way, does not exceed about eight pounds, a weight which is well within the capacity of even a woman pilot, and which has been attained by an ingenious system of levers, toggles and springs. Ball bearings ensure easy and smooth working.
A "trousered" undercarriage is fitted, similar to that of the 1934 "Gull," but the fairings have been redesigned and are now of pleasing appearance and very low drag. A castering tail wheel in conjunction with Dunlop main wheels fitted with Bendix brakes makes manoeuvring on the ground very easy. The wheel brakes are applied by a small lever placed next to the air brake lever. Differential braking is effected via the rudder pedals.
A controllable-pitch airscrew is not fitted as standard, but can be supplied at extra cost if desired. Doubtless it would shorten the take-off time somewhat.
As in the earlier model, the wings are designed to fold, a hinged flap in the trailing edge on each side making this possible. The split flaps have to be divided to make folding possible, but an ingenious arrangement of the controls avoids any complications as far as the actual folding operation is concerned.
The maximum permissible weight of the "Gull" is 2,300 lb., the tare weight is 1,450 lb., 1,400 lb., and 1,240 lb. with the "Gipsy Six," Napier "Javelin" and "Gipsy Major" or "Hermes IV" respectively. The normal tankage is 31.5 gallons, which gives a range of 500 miles with the first two engines, and 575 miles with the last two. An optional alternative tankage of 40 gallons can be provided, also in the wings, which increases the ranges to 640 miles, 620 miles and 730 miles respectively. With the four alternative power plants the maximum speeds are 172 m.p.h., 160 m.p.h., and 148 m.p.h. respectively, the corresponding cruising speeds being 152 m.p.h., 140 m.p.h. and 130 m.p.h.
The efficiency of the aerodynamic design may be judged from the fact that the Everling "High-speed Figure" reaches a value as high as 29.25 for the "Gipsy Six" version. Structurally, also, the "Gull" is commendably efficient, the ratio of gross to tare weight being 1.586 for the machine with "Gipsy Six" engine, and 1.855 for the "Gipsy Major" and "Hermes IV" versions.
The finish of the new "Gull" is excellent. Capt. Percival informs us that one of the secrets is the application of a layer of nainsook over the plywood covering of the fuselage. This not only prevents splitting and raising of the grain, but forms an excellent foundation for the Titanine finish. The standard finish is turquoise blue for the fuselage and silver finish for the wing.
With "Gipsy Six," Napier "Javelin" and "Gipsy Major” engines the prices are ?1,575, ?1,475, and ?1,275 respectively.
These prices include, as standard equipment, compass, airspeed indicator, altimeter, revolution counter, oil-pressure gauge, petrol and oil contents gauges, oil thermometer, watch, wheel brakes, and split trailing-edge flaps. A controllable pitch airscrew can be supplied as an extra.
Another view of the prototype Gull, taken in 1932.
THE PERCIVAL "GULL" (HERMES IV): This is a new type, with seating accommodation for pilot and two passengers.
EFFICIENCY: This front view of the Percival "Gull" helps to explain why the machine has such a high performance.
THE PERCIVAL "GULL": A private owner's three-seater with Cirrus-Hermes IV engine.
MISS SOUTHERN CROSS: The Percival "Gull" ("Gipsy Major") used by Sir Charles Kingsford-Smith for his record flight to Australia.
KINGSFORD-SMITH'S AUSTRALIAN FLIGHT: Sir Charles Kingsford-Smith and his Percival "Gull" ("Gipsy Major"), Miss Southern Cross, in which he is making a flight to Australia.
The prototype Percival Gull, G-ABUR, during initial trials early in 1932. This aircraft was originally powered by a 130 h.p. Cirrus Hermes IV but for a while flew with a 160 h.p. Napier Javelin III engine which gave a top speed of around 160 m.p.h.
The flying shot reproduced here, shows ’BUR whilst practising for the 1932 King’s Cup Air Race. It is notable as it shows the aircraft following an extensive (and hushed-up) rebuild at Brooklands prior to the race. This was necessitated by a forced landing (in Scotland I believe) in which the wing was severely damaged. As no works drawings were available, the wings of Hendy 302 G-AAVT were stripped and the structure copied in oder to get ’BUR back in one piece in time for the race.
A VERY FAST THREE-SEATER: The Percival "Gull" did not get a place in the King's Cup, but it put up a very good performance. The new "Hermes IV" inverted engine gave no trouble whatever.
Edgar Percival's Gull G-ABUR, one of the fastest entries, only came 12th with an average speed for the course of 143 m.p.h.
Percival "Gull" ("Javelin") three seater
Hermes-engined Percival Gull Four G-ABUV was initially registered to C. S. Napier, in March 1933. In August of that year it passed to Surrey Flying Services and was then sold to M. Maxwell in October 1935. It was during his ownership that the aircraft was lost in a crash at Nice, France, on November 2, 1936.
SITTING PRETTY: The 1934 Percival "Gull." Note, in this view, the neat installation of the tail wheel.
The Javelin III powered Gull Four G-ACAL was initially owned by W Lindsay Everard but crashed in October 1933 after a life of only a year.
A BUSH AERODROME: Native interest in a "Gull" on Bathurst Is., N. Australia. The aerodrome was constructed under the supervision of Mr. F. X. Grell for use of any who may make the Timor Sea crossing and are in need of a "port of call."
TWO BRITISH LOW-WING MONOPLANES: The "Hawk Special" on the left and the Percival "Gull" on the right.
This early production Gull Four became a works communication aircraft for A. V. Roe and Co Ltd, based at Woodford, it was sold abroad in 1937.
Hendon aerodrome during the 50 Years of Flying exhibition in July 1951, seen from the North. More than 60 aircraft, spanning 40 years, were assembled in the static park.
WITH WINGS FOLDED: The trailing edges of the inner wing portions hinge upwards to permit the wings to be folded back. No jury struts are required, the hinges being strong enough to take the weight of the wings. The petrol and oil tanks are housed in the wing and roots respectively.
Percival Gull Four G-ACUL before it was acquired by Clark to become ZK-AES, the registration it wore for his solo flight home, although it was not officially registered as such in New Zealand until January 1937, probably when its New Zealand C of A was issued. The fuselage was a striking red and the wings and tailplane silver doped fabric.
Ernie Clark (second from left) poses with members of the Canterbury Aero Club at Wigram beside ZK-AES. Clark went back to the UK before the outbreak of war and became an RAF officer, flying unarmed photo-reconnaissance Spitfires in France in 1940, before being posted to transatlantic ferrying operations. He transferred to the RNZAF in January 1944 and ended the war with a DFC.
The Gull in the overall silver scheme with black cowling and detailing it acquired some time after Clark sold it to New Zealand’s Civil Aviation Dept, Ernie having flown a total of more than 263hr in the aircraft. The Gull was subsequently used "to facilitate inspections by the Air Staff" until it was impressed into military service as NZ572 in November 1939. It was finally damaged beyond repair during a forced landing, the result of engine failure on take-off from Hobsonville, near Auckland, on July 18, 1940. The remains of this historic aircraft were burnt.
Following his cigarette and a cup of tea at Omaka, Clark got back into the Gull in front of the gathered crowds and had a local flying club member swing the prop before departing for Wigram at around 1900hr local time. Note the absence of the propeller spinner, which had "cracked to pieces" by the time Clark had reached Karachi two weeks before.
Clark pilots ZK-AES over Christchurch during a pleasure flight in January 1937, a few months after his epic solo flight from the UK to New Zealand. Although some sources claim that the aircraft was at some point fitted with a Gipsy Six, its official New Zealand documentation clearly marks the Gull as being powered by a “118/122 h.p.” Gipsy Major.
The Gull attracts official interest during Clark’s stopover at Darwin. Note the Imperial Airways (IA) Armstrong Whitworth Atalanta, G-ABTI, which may have pushed on from its usual Karachi-Singapore service owing to a problem on the Qantas section of the joint lA/Qantas UK-Australia route.
The November 25, 1936, issue of Auckland newspaper The Weekly News celebrated the completion of Clark’s flight back home with a full page of photographs of the intrepid aviator’s arrival on New Zealand soil on November 15. Here he is seen being greeted at Blenheim (Omaka) by Marlborough Aero Club’s flying instructor Noel Chandler and President Alexander Macnab.
Seemingly undaunted by the colossal journey ahead, Ernie Clark poses on the wing of his Percival Gull Four, ZK-AES, before his departure from Lympne airfield for Italy on October 26, 1936. At this point Clark had flown less than 10hr in the aircraft.
A by-now somewhat weary-looking Ernie Clark is photographed in the cockpit of ZK-AES after his arrival in the dark at Wigram at 2035hr on November 15, having flown for more than 14hr that day. Note the forward section of the extra fuel tank fitted behind the pilot’s seat by Percival, to give the Gull the extra range needed to complete the UK-NZ flight.
A MODERN INTERIOR: Two wide doors are provided for passengers in the 1934 model "Gull." A third door gives easy access to the luggage locker.
IN THE NICK OF TIME: The Napier "Javelin" engine of Mr. Percival's "Gull" was disinclined to start in Heat 6, but this strong man got it going as the flag fell.
ACCESSIBILITY: A view of the "Hermes IV" engine as installed in the "Gull." On the right, a view into the cabin, showing the staggered seats.
AND THE ORTHODOX TAIL: A view of the tail surfaces, which are of a perfectly normal design and construction.
EN NEGLIGE: Showing the improved wing folding arrangements, part of the fuel system and the contents of one of the spats of the 1934 model Percival "Gull."
THE UNUSUAL UNDERCARRIAGE: Each wheel is carried on a fork composed of four members, the ends of the axle having their bearings in crossheads. The landing shock is absorbed by the coil springs, and the bouncing is checked by oil dashpots. Our illustration shows the "spat" removed.
The Percival "Gull-Six" Three-seat Cabin Monoplane (200 h.p. D.H. "Gipsy-Six" engine).
C. S. Napier takes off with his Percival Gull, Cirrus Major which averaged 133.5 rn.p.h. in the final.
A dull afternoon greeted Miss Batten on arrival at Lympne. Her Gull is here seen over Kent en route for Croydon.
Peter Mursell's Gull (Gipsy Six), flown by Gardner, of the Redhill Club, into seventh place.
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.
Mr. H. L. Brook came from the Cape in 4 days by Percival Gull
OPENING UP AFRICA. Mr. K. W. Brett, who set off from Cairo last Sunday in the Shell company's Percival Gull (seen in the photograph) for a six weeks' tour of Africa. He is to carry out preliminary survey work for aircraft refuelling stations in various parts of Africa, including those on the probable track of the West African Imperial Airways service. In company with M. Vuillemin of the Shell Company in Algiers, he will also inspect sites for stations in the Sahara, Nigeria, and French Equatorial Africa.
Caryl Napier and Flt Lt E. C. T. Edwards discuss a point in front of Percival Gull G-ADOE.
GETTING TOGETHER: Capt. J. C. Hargreaves, Mr. L. P. Hirsh, of Airports, Ltd., Mr. E. W. Percival, designer of the 1935 "Gull" seen in the background, and Mr. R. L. Preston, snapped at Heston recently.
The floodlit start from Lympne before dawn on Monday of last week.
Capt. Percival leaving Gravesend at 1.30 a.m. He reached Oran at 8.40 a.m., left at 11 a.m., and reached Croydon at 6.20 p.m.
The Hatfield sheds filled with competitors’ aircraft, mostly Miles Hawks and Falcons.
Toeing the line on Friday. In the foreground, on the left, is Diana Mary Williams' Percival Gull, piloted by T. W. Morton; on the right is A. C. W. Norman's Miles Hawk.
A HUMAN HORSESHOE greets Mrs. Amy Mollison's Gipsy Six Percival Gull at Croydon on her triumphant return from the Cape.
Flying exactly the same standard Percival "Gull" in which she first created history by flying the South Atlantic, Miss Jean Batten has now lowered the Australia-England record by 14 hours, to 5 days, 19 hours.
The modern trend in cabin and open types is illustrated in this type, the Percival Gull.
Percival Gull Six G-ADEU remained with Percival Aircraft until 1938 when it was sold in France as F-AQNA.
11-13 ноября 1935г.: Джин Баттен стала первой женщиной, совершившей одиночный полет через Южную Атлантику, пролетев на самолете Percival Gull Six (G-ADPR) "Jean" из Лимпна (Англия) в Натал (Бразилия) через Тиес (Сенегал). Завершив полет за двое суток 13 часов и 15 минут, Баттен на сутки побила рекорд, установленный Джимом Моллисоном 6 февраля 1933 года.
Здесь можно увидеть, наверное, самый известный из самолетов Gull Six - он служит и до сих пор. В 1936 году летчица Джин Баттен установила на нем рекорд во время перелета из Великобритании в Новую Зеландию.
View of Jean Batten's Percival Gull Six G-ADPR, which made its first flight in 20yr from Old Warden on May 25, 1990.
4-7 мая 1936г.: Эми Моллисон на Percival Gull Six выполнила перелет из Грэйвсенда, графство Кент, в Кейптаун, установив новый рекорд на маршруте Великобритания - Южная Африка (3 суток 6 часов 26 минут).
An example of the Gipsy Six Gull
View of Jean Batten's Percival Gull Six G-ADPR, which made its first flight in 20yr from Old Warden on May 25, 1990. Built in 1932 and presented to the Shuttleworth Collection by the Hunting Group in 1961, the aircraft has just reached the end of a 3 1/2 yr restoration sponsored by Hunting. Following two preliminary flights in the morning, Angus McVitie made the "official first flight" in the afternoon in the presence of personnel from Hunting Engineering Ltd, seen in the picture. After an impressive pre-war record-breaking career, 'PR was impressed into the RAF as AX866.
The most famous Gull Six of all was Jean Batten s G-ADPR, still extant nearly 50 years after it was built. During the war the Gull was impressed into RAF service as AX866 and was restored to Percival Aircraft in August 1946. The picture was taken immediately post war at RAF Kemble.
The similarity between the Percival Gull and the Proctor is apparent in this photograph. P5993 was one of the last Gulls built and was supplied to the RAF for communications duties with No 24 Sqn at Northolt.
Former Jean Batten Percival Gull Six G-ADPR is nearing completion at Old Warden, following a rebuild by Hunting Engineering Ltd at Ampthill.
The Shuttleworth Collection at Old Warden is a hive of activity. Seen here is Jean Batten's Percival Gull, G-ADPR,on which restoration to flying condition has now begun.
This photograph was used on the aircraft's original Certificate of Airworthiness (No.5747). The space for registration letters has been covered over with brown paper.
Following its crash at Thruxton on May 31, 1981, Percival Gull Six G-AERD has been rebuilt by Cliff Lovell at Walkridge Farm, and was due to fly in November 1982.
The Gull Six photographed at Cointreau, Geneva, its home for 40 years.
Percival Gull Six HB-OFU back on British soil at the Sywell PFA Rally 2/7/77
Another Sywell guest was Percival Gull Six HB-OFU, one of three surviving examples. It has now returned to Britain after 40 years in Switzerland.
The Gull photographed shortly after returning to England in 1977.
Delivered new to a Miss Dulaux in Switzerland 14/1/37, Percival Gull Six HB-OFU has just returned to the U.K. with its original markings
WHEN THE DROUGHT BROKE : The low-wing Monoplane Tendency was not appreciated by everyone.
An aerial view of Gravesend taken in March 1935. D.H. Moths G-AAVR, G-AACO and G-ABMZ, a B.A. Swallow and a Percival Gull stand in front of the main hangar.
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.
Flt, Lt. H. J. Wilson was second at 145.1 m.p.h. in a Percival Gull
A particularly happy Flight photograph of Miss Batten with her Gull. Note the large auxiliary tank in the cabin. The machine has a range of 2,400 miles.
Miss Jean Batten with her Percival Gull Sir G-ADPR at Gravesend in September 1936.
Miss Batten at the cabin window of the Gull.
A happy photograph of Miss Batten framed in the cockpit of her Gull. Behind her can be seen the petrol tank which in the tropics became too hot to touch.
AN OPEN GULL. It will be agreed that this new open-cockpit two-seater Percival Gull is an extremely pretty aeroplane. Built for the Maharajah of Jodhpur, it is fitted with a Gipsy Six engine, electric starting, dual control and special tankage arrangements which give it a range of 800 miles.