Aeroplane Monthly 1982-11
P.Capon - Capon's Corner
Taking part in the 1928 King's Cup race was the Parnall Imp G-EBTE, seen here at Hamble on July 21, 1928. It was flown in the race by Flt Lt D. W, Bonham Carter and placed eighth.
The ill-fated Westland Widgeon G-EBPW during its visit to the Hampshire Air Pageant at Hamble on May 15, 1927. On June 6 this aircraft collided with a Blackburn Bluebird at the Bournemouth air races killing both pilots. The pilot of the Bluebird, W. H. Longton, gave P. T. Capon his first flight.
Another service visitor to Hamble, on March 9, 1927, was the Fairey Fox, J7948. This two-seat day bomber was powered by the 480 h.p. Curtiss D.12 Felix engine and had a top speed of 156 m.p.h. at sea level. One Vickers gun fired forward and a Lewis gun covered the tail. Normal bomb load was 460lb.
Also competing in the 1928 King's Cup race, and seen here at Hamble, was the racy Blackburn Lincock I G-EBVO. This single-seat fighter was powered by one 240 h.p. Armstrong Siddeley Lynx IV and was built at Brough in 1928.
A visitor to Hamble on May 15, 1927 was the D.H.37A G-EBDO which arrived to attend the Hampshire Air Pageant. Named Lois, the D.H.37A was powered by a 300 h.p. A.D.C. Nimbus engine. G-EBDO crashed at Bournemouth three weeks after this picture was taken. The only other D.H.37, G-AUAA was sold to Australia.
Seen on Hamble's slipway in May 1928 is the Gloster Goring seaplane, J8674, a two-seat day bomber/torpedo biplane powered by one 425 h.p. Bristol Jupiter VI engine.
The photograph shows the Parnall Plover N9708 outside the Avro works at Hamble during a visit in April 1928. The Plover was a single seat carrier-borne fighter, available in both land plane and seaplane form, powered by a 435 h.p. Bristol Jupiter IV engine. Service aircraft were often flown into Hamble by senior rank pilots for works conferences on new Avro designs or perhaps for a weekend in Hampshire to “get away from it all”!
The Bristol Type 101 G-EBOW two seat fighter seen during the King’s Cup Air Race, July 21, 1928 which was staged through Hamble that year. G-EBOW came second in the race and was flown by C. F. Uwins at an average speed of 160 m.p.h. The engine was a 450 h.p. Bristol Jupiter VI but later the aircraft became the testbed for the 485 h.p. Bristol Mercury II. G-EBOW was destroyed when it broke up in mid-air on November 29, 1929.
The D.H.60X Moth prototype, G-EBQH, powered by a 90 h.p. A.D.C. Cirrus III engine, dropped into Hamble during the 1928 King’s Cup race, July 20/1, piloted by Capt Geoffrey de Havilland, seen in the cockpit. The D.H.60X was placed seventh. The X stood for experimental and the Cirrus engine's mountings were lowered and the airframe considerably modified internally.