Flight, August 1923
THE VAUVILLE LIGHT 'PLANE AND GLIDER MEETING
No Remarkable Performances Yet
"The next most promising machine is the Thomas, which is the work of a young engineer, who has spent all his spare time during the last six months in
designing and constructing it. It seems to be very well made, and the fuselage, which is three-ply covered throughout, has been made water-tight, so as to permit the machine to float if it lands on the sea. The machine, of which a rough front view sketch is shown herewith, has no dihedral on the top of the wing. The pilot sits between the spars. The tail plane looks in plan view somewhat as shown in the accompanying sketch.
"In addition to the ordinary controls, the machine possesses a lever for the purpose of varying the incidence at which the wing is fixed to the body. This type of control is becoming very popular with those who design and make gliders, but it is not clear what they purpose to use it for. However, the only possible criticism is that such a control may be redundant, and the fact that it is fitted cannot detract from the excellent performance and good gliding angle which one has no doubt the Thomas monoplane possesses. The dimensions given of this machine are as follows: Weight with pilot, 160 kgs. (350 lbs.); area, 21 sq. m. (226 sq. ft.); weight empty, 90 kgs. (200 lbs.); weight of wings, 45 kgs. (100 lbs.)."