The Early - Pre-Twenty-One! - experiments of Jose Weiss, with his bird-like gliders, are well known. In 1910 a power-driven machine (40 h.p. E.N.V.) embodying his theories was built, and, piloted by Gordon England, several successful flights were made, mostly at Brooklands in 1911 - one of these latter being depicted in our photo.
The Weiss Tractor Monoplane No 2, named Sylvia, at Brooklands. Powered by a 35 h.p. ENV Type D eight-cylinder water-cooled Vee-configured engine, it was this machine that deposited England into the sewage farm at Brooklands, much to the amusement of spectators.