The experimental Bleriot four-engined biplane - the forerunner of the large ’bus illustrated in “Flight” some little time back. It badly crashed on its trial flight owing to the tail bracing being insufficiently strong. The engines are 300 h.p. Hispano-Suizas
SO MUCH OF EVERYTHING. Two variations on a four-engined bomber theme are provided by the 1919 Bleriot types 73 (left) and 74 (right), both of which were called the Mammouth (Mammoth). Apart from their impressive size and weight - span 98 ft. 6 in ., loaded 28.000 lb. - the Mammouths were notable for their incredible complexity of strut arrangement. An ultra-modern touch is the load-spreading bogie main undercarriage. Both the 73 and the 74 were powered by four 300-h.p. Hispano-Suizas which permitted a maximum speed of approximately 83 m.p.h. Duration was 5 hours. The length was 72 ft. 2 in. and wing area 4,066 sq . ft . Type 75 was a transport development.