Aeroplane Monthly 1984-01
A.Curtis - Dart deeds
The Bleriot monoplane reproduction built by Dart Aircraft for Richard Nash of the Internationel Horseless Carriage Company. It was flown in company with Richard Shuttleworth’s genuine 1909 Bleriot at the Royal Aeronautical Society’s Garden Party at Heathrow in May 1937.
One of the Lilienthal biplanes “in flight” suspended from lengths of piano wire.
The Manx during construction. The photograph shows the fuselage being built at Dunstable in June 1936.
The Manx after construction. The Flight photograph was taken in September 1945
F. D. Bradbrooke sets off from Hanworth in Kitten II G-AEXT on May 29, 1937, in The Isle of Man Race, only to be forced down with engine trouble.
A.Curtis flying the prototype Dart Kitten at Hatfield on March 20, 1937. The picture was taken by his missus.
The prototype Dart Kitten, G-AERP, at Dunstable in January 1937. It is fitted with the original Ava engine.
Dart Kitten G-AEXT at Hatfield in May 1937 with, it is believed, Weyl in the cockpit. The apparent gull shape of the wing is evident.
The second Dart Kitten, G-AEXT, with tail up at Hanworth May 1937 at the start of the Isle of Man race; Bradbrooke of The Aeroplane is the pilot. Note the amount of down elevator. Bradbrooke was forced down at Bicester with oil pump trouble and damaged his hand trying to turn the engine over.
Detail of the Dart Pup's wing folding mechanism, designed by the A.Curtis. The photograph was taken at Dunstable in August 1936.
The Dart Pup, formerly the Dunstable Dart, was the Dart company’s first powered aircraft of its own design. The design was based very loosely on the Slingsby Type 4 Falcon 3 glider. Registered G-AELR the sole Pup was first flown in July 1936. It was later modified with a horn balanced rudder and fitted with a 36 h.p. Bristol Cherub III and sold to A. E. Green of Tachbrook in September 1937.