DUPLICATED: Latest of the British Aircraft Manufacturing Company's developments, the Double Eagle is eventually likely to be of considerable interest to the smaller air line or charter operator. The pilot has a very good view in all essential directions and, with the low-middle-wing arrangement, the passengers, too, will be able to take an interest in earthly matters. The engines are Gipsy Majors.
Although its Gipsy Sixes are not of the Series II type and it has fixed-pitch airscrews, Tommy Rose's B.A. Double Eagle is expected to give a very good account of itself.
His mount: The B.A. Double Eagle (2 Gipsy Six) which Flt. Lt. Rose will fly.
Types of competing machines: B.A. Double Eagle
B.A. Double Eagle has an unusual wing arrangement which gives the passengers a good view downwards. Two Gipsy Major engines are used.
One of the B.A. Double Eagles entered has Gipsy Sixes (Series I) and the other Gipsy Majors. The more powerful version should do 190 m.p.h.
The new B.A. Double Eagle with two Gipsy Majors has a very unusual wing arrangement.
A pleasing "shot" of Fit. Lt. Wilson's Double Eagle coming in at Shoreham on Friday with the stately chapel of Lancing College in the background.
FOR AIR SURVEY: On Thursday of last week the B.A. Double Eagle, which has been specially laid out for survey work, left Hanworth for Johannesburg. It is being flown out by Mr. Brian Russell, the chief pilot of the Aircraft Operating Company of Africa.
KING'S CUP CAMEOS Caught by the Camera at Hatfield. A King's Cup veteran - Capt. W. L. Hope. (B.A. Double Eagle), unluckily eliminated by fuel-system trouble on Friday.
Mr. Jack Bagshaw encourages inflators of the Li-Lo mattresses carried on the Double Eagle.
B. A. Double Eagle. Cockpit and controls
This sketch of the interior of the "survey" Double Eagle not only shows the majority of the control and other details but also gives a good indication of the field of view provided for the pilot, whose seat is shown in skeleton form. The first nine of the key numbers below apply to the automatic pilot equipment.
(1) Main control and catch lever. (2) Coarse and fine directional adjustment controls. (3) Fore and aft control. (4) Lateral control. (5) Air-driven compressor brake lever. (6) Aileron pilot unit. (7) Oil reservoir. (8) Air drier. (9) Test cock. (10) Airscrew pitch controls (11) Undercarriage and flap controls, (12) Fore and aft trimmer. (13) Directional trimmer. (14) Drift sight control. (15) Heater controls. (16) Seat-raising lever. (17) Undercarriage and flap pump lever. (18) Brake lever. (19) Camera. (20) Heater grilles.
Fit. Lt. J. B. Wilson (at the controls) and Mr. D. M. Bey (navigator) photographed in the B.A. Double Eagle as it crossed the Chilterns at 2,000ft. on the way to Speke.
Extra tankage arrangements in Fit. Lt. Tommy Rose's B.A. Double Eagle. The single passenger seat can also be seen.
A view through the rear bulkhead, looking towards the tail of the machine and showing the position of the rudder and elevator automatic pilot units and the battery, which is normally boxed in so that no fumes shall upset the operation of the automatic pilot units.
B. A. Double Eagle. Moving wing fillet on cabin door
The inner portions of the wings slope upward into the B.A. Double Eagle's fuselage and are smoothly faired.
The left-hand sketch reveals in detail certain of the features of the B.A. Double Eagle. To the right is a close-up of its retractable undercarriage.
A sketch showing the appearance of a nacelle on the B. A. Double Eagle, containing the retracted undercarriage.
Sketches showing at a glance the action of the retractable undercarriage on the Double Eagle to be flown by Tommy Rose
Details of the latest version of the B.A. Double Eagle's retractable undercarriage.