Air Pictorial 1958-03
Photos by request
Photographed at Manila by Merle Olmsted, a late-production Canberra B. Mk. 20 (A84-235) powered by Australian-built Rolls-Royce RA.7 turbojets. The R.A.A.F. has one Wing of Canberra interdiction bombers.
"HARRY TATE". One of the best-known "art. obs." and corps reconnaissance two-seaters of World War I was the Royal Aircraft Factory-designed R.E.8 (Reconnaissance Experimental Type Eight). Evolved in 1916 as the result of Western Front combat experience, the R.E.8 suffered considerable modification until it settled down to the external characteristics seen in E.24 - one of three hundred built by Siddeley-Deasy. Power: 150-h.p. R.A.F.4a eight-cylinder Vee in-line.
1912 HYDROPLANE. In the historical survey of aircraft designed and built by the brothers Short (Air Pictorial, March-June 1957) the famous Short S.41 ("Hydroplane of the British Navy") was not illustrated. This view shows the prototype in the hands of that remarkable pilot, Lt. (later Commander) C. R. Samson, taking off prior to participating in the Review of the Grand Fleet off Weymouth, 8th May 1912. No record of numbers built appears to exist, but production S.41s were still engaged in North Sea anti-submarine patrols as late as mld-1915. Power: 100-h.p. Gnome rotary; maximum speed, a doubtful 60 m.p.h. Duration, approx. 5 hours. Built at Eastchurch, Isle of Sheppey.
Something new - a rocket-firing Lincoln! Note the four r.p. mountings under each wing. The R.A.A.F. has taken delivery of sixty-eight Lincolns built at Melbourne. Photographed at Darwin by J. R. Wright is this lengthened-nose variant of the Lincoln B. Mk. 30 (A73-66) used for maritime reconnaissance duties.
The 1926 vintage Irbitis I-2 Ikars (Icarus) is shown here with a temporary fairing over the front cockpit, YL-AAA was rebuilt in 1930 and emerged as the I-5. The original 45-h.p. Anzani was replaced by a 77-h.p. Siemens Sh 5 radial.
The two-seat I-6 Gambija of 1932 had lines in advance for the period. Note the compound sweep-back on the parasol wing. Power was a 95-h.p. Blackburn
Cirrus Mk.III inverted incline.