Cierva/Avro C.19     1929
Avro C.19     1931
Страна: Великобритания
Год: 1929

Cierva (автожиры X. Сиервы)
Flight, June 1929
Flight, January 1930
Flight, April 1930
Flight, November 1932
British Aircraft

Cierva (автожиры X. Сиервы)

   Наиболее полезным из ранних проектов Сиервы стал автожир С.19, строившийся в ряде вариантов, главным образом фирмой "Avro". Первые три из них, обозначенные Avro Type 620, были заложены как С.17 Mk II, но закончены как автожиры С.19 Mk I. Пока Сиерва разрабатывал системы несущих винтов для предыдущих моделей, планеры "Avro" модифицировались из существующих типов самолетов с обычным крылом неизменяемой геометрии. С.19 стал первым серийным автожиром специальной постройки и первым, имевшим систему автораскрутки несущего винта - прежде эту задачу решали с помощью длинного троса и наземной лебедки. Три автожира С.19 Mk I имели звездообразные моторы Genet II мощностью 80 л. с. (60 кВт). За ними последовали три С.19 Mk II, один из них версии С.19 Mk IIA с улучшенной втулкой винта, шесть С.19 Mk III, 15 аппаратов С.19 Mk IVP и один экземпляр экспериментального С.19 Mk V. Все имели моторы Genet Major I мощностью 105 л. с. (78.3 кВт).
   Машины С.19 Mk IV, построенные по лицензии немецкой фирмой "Focke-Wulf", имели звездообразные моторы Siemens Sh.14B мощностью 150 л. с. (112 кВт) и получили обозначение С.20. Название С.21 дали проектируемому французскому аппарату С.19 Mk IV, который должна была строить фирма "Liore-et-Olivier". Коды С.22 и С.23, как считается, остались только проектами.

Flight, June 1929



   THE most unorthodox aircraft to be seen at Olympia will be the Cierva "Autogiro" or "windmill" 'plane, in which lift is obtained not from rigid stationary wings as in the normal aeroplane, but by four windmill or airscrew blades which, by their rotation, exert lift and carry the machine. The visitor to this stand should be careful not to confuse the "Autogiro" with the helicopter type of aircraft. In the latter, the rotating wings are driven by the engine, while in the "Autogiro" the four blades are free to rotate around a nearly vertical shaft, their rotation being entirely due to the air forces upon them, and not to any direct drive from the engine.
   The particular machine to be exhibited at Olympia will be a type C. 19, with Armstrong-Siddeley "Genet" engine, designed as a private owner's two-seater light 'plane. The machine is a development of the "Autogiro" C. 8 Mark II (Armstrong-Siddeley "Lynx"), which successfully completed 3,000 miles without any major replacements during a tour of Britain in August, 1928, a flight from Croydon to Paris in September, of 1928, and a tour of 1,500 miles from Paris to Berlin, via Brussels, Cologne, Dortmund, Hanover and Dessau, and return to Paris via Magdeburg, Hanover, Munster, Rotterdam and Brussels in October, 1928.
   The fuselage of the "Autogiro" C.19 is of welded steel tube construction, and is supported on a split undercarriage of very wide track and incorporating oleo legs with a stroke of 12 in., which should give excellent shock-absorbing qualities. Bendix brakes and wheels are fitted, and as the "Autogiro" alights with very low forward speed, the brakes should reduce the landing run to a few feet. Thus it should be possible to land the "Autogiro" in almost any field.
   The mast which supports the rotating wings is in the form of a pyramid of steel tubes with conical platform, welded and riveted. The hub of the rotor is a steel forging incorporating radial and thrust ball bearings, and a system of braking. The wings themselves are of the mono-spar type, with spars of steel tube and box ribs. The covering is a planking of mahogany. The stabilising planes are of mixed construction, with front and rear spars of box section in wood, while the aileron spars are steel tubes.
   A biplane tail is fitted, composed of top and bottom tail plane, of which the top plane acts as the elevator while the bottom plane is fixed, and two rudders and fins. The construction of the tail is in steel-welded tube.
   The equipment and instruments fitted as standard are :- 2 air-speed indicators, 2 cross levels, 2 safety belts, 1 altimeter, 1 engine revolution counter, 1 rotor revolution counter, 1 oil thermometer and one tele-level.
   A standard fuel capacity of 23 gallons is provided, which gives the machine a cruising range of 280 miles at a speed of 80 m.p.h.
   The main dimensions, areas, etc., of the "Autogiro" C. 19 are :- Length, o.a., 30 ft.; span, 30 ft.; height, 10 ft.; rotor chord, 1 ft. 3 3/4 in.; total rotor area, 25-74 sq. ft.; stabilising plane chord (average), 2 ft. 6 1/2 in.; total stabilising plane area, 42 sq. ft.
   With a tare weight of 750 lbs., and a disposable load of 550 lbs,, the "Autogiro" C. 19 has a gross weight of 1,300 lbs., which gives a rotor loading of 45-5 lbs./sq. ft. and a stabilising plane loading of 3-1 lb./sq. ft.
   A top speed of 95 m.p.h. is claimed, and a cruising speed of 80 m.p.h. The initial rate of climb is 500 ft./min., and the landing speed 10 m.p.h. In still air the take-off run is 30 yards, and the landing run 10 yards.

Flight, January 1930

Flown by Sir Sefton Brancker

   ON January 7 a demonstration flight of the Autogiro C.19 Mark II was made at Heston Air Park. The pilot was Flight-Lieut. A. H. C. A. Rawson, and the second seat was occupied by Sir Sefton Brancker, Director of Civil Aviation. The machine was fitted with dual control, and for part of the flight the D.C.A. himself piloted the machine and made one take-off and one landing.
   The appearance of the machine is best described by the photographs. It is one of the tiniest two-seaters ever seen since the second Lympne meeting. The Moths which were on and over the aerodrome at the same time looked quite large aeroplanes beside it. The front seat is directly under the four uprights of the pylon which supports the vanes, and Sir Sefton had to make himself very slim to get in and out.
   The pylon inclines somewhat to the right side of the machine, and after landing it is as well to draw up with this side opposed to the wind. The wings on each side are not merely booms to support ailerons, but actually give about 20 per cent, of the lift at full speed. At the end of each is a keel surface set at a pronounced dihedral angle. The undercarriage has a very wide track, and the oleo leg gives an 8-in. travel. A great deal is apt to be asked of this undercarriage, and on this occasion it did its work well.
   The empennage constitutes the most notable feature of this type of autogiro. The fins and rudders are double. Between them are arranged the tail plane and elevator in biplane formation. The chord of the tail plane is equal to the gap between the two. A simple control in the cockpit raises these two surfaces to a vertical position, so that they present a wall, flanked by the fins, to the slipstream of the propellor, and deflect it upwards on to the rotor blades and set them in motion. In practice it is usual to start them off with a gentle push of the hand, but on this occasion they actually commenced to rotate when the machine moved, before a hand had been laid on them.
   While the machine is still standing still, the deflected slipstream will work the rotor blades up to 95 r.p.m., but when the pilot commences to taxi forward their speed increases rapidly. When they reach 140 r.p.m. it is safe to take off. Their normal speed in the air is 160 r.p.m., but when the engine is shut off they work up to 170 r.p.m. The best take-off made has been after a run of 30 yards.
   The top speed of the machine is given as 95 m.p.h., and the minimum speed at 28 m.p.h. Flight-Lieut. Rawson said that the normal way of landing was to approach the aerodrome at 40 m.p.h. and when about 20 ft. off the ground to jerk the nose up and pancake down. The machine stops dead where it lands, but wheel brakes are also provided.
   The engine is an Armstrong-Siddeley 100 h.p. "Genet Major." When we arrived on the aerodrome it was suffering from magneto trouble, which gave an opportunity to see how very quickly the engine cowling can be taken off and put on. However, the engine was not giving its full revolutions, and this somewhat detracted from the performance of the autogiro.
   The first run was rather a long one, and the machine climbed somewhat laboriously. Slow flying, however, is one of the attractions which the autogiro offers the pleasure-seeker, and this quality was emphasised by the Moths which flashed past it and round it as though it were a candle. Quite apart from the rotors, the tiny fuselage, the wide undercarriage, the turned-up wing tips, and the double fins, make this machine one of the weirdest fowls ever seen in the air, at least since the days of the box kite.
   The eerie effect was increased when the pilot pointed the machine towards the spectators, and allowed it to sink towards the earth. Actually it was moving forwards as well as downwards, but this was not apparent from the end-on view. The appearance was that of an abnormally steady parachute. After losing two or three hundred feet, the pilot opened up the engine and flew on once more.
   The first landing looked like a very heavy pancake, from a generous 20 ft., but the undercarriage took it easily. The machine pulled up, but before the blades lost flying speed Sir Sefton took the joystick and took off again. This time the engine was warmer, and the run was shorter. Sir Sefton also made the second landing, and put the machine down quite gently. Then the test pilot took charge again and made a couple more landings.
   When Sir Sefton had extricated himself from the pylon struts, he said that he had found the autogiro very easy to fly - in fact, anyone could fly it. He said it was very comfortable, and, though it was quite a bumpy day, the bumps had far less effect upon the autogiro than upon an ordinary aeroplane. He said that the machine gave him a feeling of complete confidence. He felt that nothing could go wrong. He found no unpleasant sensation from the rotors whirling above his head.
   Then, turning to the inevitable microphone, Sir Sefton said that when Mr. de la Cierva first lectured on his invention to the Royal Aeronautical Society, he at once became a very strong advocate of the principle of the autogiro. The experiences of this afternoon had confirmed him in his conviction that the autogiro had a great future - especially for citizens of a great city like London, in enabling them to get out quickly into the country or to the aerodromes where airways start and finish. He congratulated the inventor and the company on their progress.
   Striking as were the words of the D.C.A., it was almost more striking to hear a private owner-pilot who was present say that he looked forward to the time when the autogiro should be fully developed. He lived in a distant county, and he had frequent business in London. He liked to fly to and fro, but, though he enjoyed flying by night, he never felt quite safe in doing so. With an autogiro he would feel quite safe, and he would not mind a bit if he got home half an hour later in the evening. If he were forced to land, he was sure that he could put an autogiro down anywhere with safety and probably without damage.

Flight, April 1930



   THE Autogiro stands quite alone in the aircraft market, as it is the most unorthodox.
   The lift in this machine is obtained not from the usual stationary type of wing or wings, but from four rotating wings which, through the aerodynamical action of their rotation exert the necessary lift to fly the machine. They are not driven in any way except at the start and their rotation is a natural function of their aerodynamical characteristics, hence the name "auto-giro," and once they are started they continue to rotate until the machine comes to rest on landing. For starting this rotation the latest method which has been designed is to utilise the slipstream from the engine which is deflected on to the blades by means of the tailplane and elevators which are locked together and then set at the requisite angle so that the slipstream coming aft is caught and deflected upwards on to the blades.
   Many engines have been fitted to these machines and for the private owner those advocated are the Armstrong-Siddeley "Genet" or the "Cirrus III."
   The chief advantages of this peculiar design are its ability to fly very slowly and to land almost vertically. The initial rate of climb is not very good, being only 500 ft./min., but the advantage of being able to land in a small space is very great indeed. Anyone can easily learn to fly this type, and even those who have never flown it before find that they can, with the help of the wheel brakes, land with a run of only a few yards.
   Don Cierva, the designer, is a Spaniard, and to build his machines in this country he has formed the Cierva Autogiro Co., with offices at Bush House, London, W.C.2, while the works are at Hamble.
   The actual fuselage is of normal construction and is fabric covered. The undercarriage is worthy of especial note as it has had to be designed to stand the stress of the almost vertical landings which the Autogiro is capable of. The track is very wide and the compression legs are oleo shock absorbers with a travel of some 12-in. Bendix wheel brakes are fitted which not only decrease the landing run still further but also allow very easy manoeuvring.
   The Autogiro can hardly be said to be an established private owner's machine, but its qualities make it one which should be very safe to fly.
   One of these machines was, the year before last, flown round the continent on a demonstration flight of over 3,000 miles without any mishap, during which it visited most of the capitals of Europe, so that it cannot be said to be untried.

Flight, November 1932

British Aircraft

The Cierva Autogiro Co., Ltd.
Bush House, London, W.C.2

   CENOR JUAN DE LA CIERVA is a Spanish engineer who several years ago conceived the idea of a non-stalling aircraft in which the lift was obtained not from one or more fixed wings but from a rotor with blades free to revolve under the action of the air forces on them. He has had a long and difficult fight to convince the world of the soundness of his ideas, but with a persistence which must receive the most unstinted admiration he has continued to experiment, and it can now be said that the experimental stage is passed and the commercial stage has arrived. The various problems met with in the earlier machines have been overcome, and the Cierva Company feel justified in placing their machines on the market.
   Two models of the Autogiro are available at present in Great Britain, the type C.19 Mark IV and the C.24.

The C.19 Mark IV

   Fitted with an Armstrong-Siddeley Genet engine of 100 h.p. this machine is an open two-seater with steel tube fuselage and three-bladed rotor. The fixed wing is mainly of wood construction. The rotor blades have steel tube spars, while the aerofoil section used is formed by solid Balsa wood having a Spruce core. The rotor hinges have been so designed that for housing the machine two of the blades can be folded back, when the space occupied by the machine is reduced to that required to accommodate the fixed wing.
   The undercarriage is of wide track and of the "split" type, incorporating oleo legs of 9 1/2-in. travel. Dunlop wheels are fitted and low-pressure tyres. The wheel brakes are Bendix.
   The normal petrol tankage is of 16 gallons (72,7 litres), which gives a range of 230 miles (370 km.).
   The main data are :-
   Rotor diameter 34 ft. (10,4 m.)
   Span of fixed wing 21 ft. (6,4 m.)
   Tare weight 1,075 lb. (490 kg.)
   Normal gross weight 1,450 lb. (660 kg.)
   Max. gross weight 1,550 lb. (705 kg.)
   Maximum speed 102 m.p.h. (164 km./h.)
   Cruising speed 90 m.p.h. (145 km./h.)
   Minimum speed 25 m.p.h. (40 km./h.)
   Rate of climb 630 ft./min. (3,2 m./sec.)
The only C.19 Mk.IVP left in the world, Avro-built EC-AIM at Cuatro Vientos.
The Cierva "Autogiro": Fitted with an Armstrong-Siddeley "Genet" engine in an American type of cowling, this rotating wing machine is a two-seater light 'plane.
Captain Rawson "crazy-flying" on the Cierva "Autogiro."
Flt.-Lt. Rawson demonstrating the Auto-Gyro at Hanworth before the Japanese visitors.
The C 19 Machine with device for starting the rotor blades.
TESTING THE "AUTOGIRO": On the left Sir Sefton Brancker, Director of Civil Aviation, and on the right Mr. Nigel Norman, one of the owners of Heston Air Park.
"OLD FRIENDS": The "Gugnunc" and "Autogiro" aviating above the Gloster Troop Carrier.
The Handley Page “Gugnunc” climbs away steeply over the Gloster G.33 Goshawk troop transport/bomber, J9832, during the 1932 pageant.
The Prince of Wales inspects Cierva C.19 Mk I, G-AAGK, at Hamble on September 3, 1929. Test pilot Rawson is sitting in the cockpit. This aircraft was sold abroad in January 1930.
THE CIERVA "AUTOGIRO": The machine Is seen during its take-off run. Note that the rotor blades have not yet risen to their normal flying position.
THE AUTOGIRO: The Auto giro is now to be seen at nearly all the flying meetings, and never fails to create great interest.
Sir Sefton Brancker piloted an Autogiro C.19, Mark II, on January 7th at Heston and made one take-off and one landing. He said that it was very easy to fly and gave him a great feeling of confidence.
THE SELF-STARTER: In this view the elevator is at its maximum position for deflecting the slipstream on to the rotor blades.
IN FULL FLIGHT: Although not revolving at more than about 160 r.p.m., the rotor blades of this "Autogiro" defeated our photographer.
C.19, Mk IIA, G-AAUA seen outside of the Avro Hamble experimental works in April 1930. This aircraft was used by Don J. de la Cierva for his flight from England to Spain and back in August/September 1930.
THE LATEST "AUTOGIRO": Fitted with an Armstrong-Siddeley "Genet Major" engine, this machine is characterised by a rotor of somewhat different design, with larger blades and lower speed. The performance has improved in various respects, and altogether this latest type is said to mark yet another step forward in the evolution of a very interesting aircraft type.
C.19 Mk.II G-AAUA in flight in 1930.
THE CIERVA "AUTOGIRO": Instead of wings, this machine has a "windmill," which is caused to rotate by the passage of the machine through the air. The machine cannot stall. The engine is a "Genet."
The "Freak Formation": The Cierva Autogiro in the lead, with the Handley Page Gugnunc on the left and the Hill Pterodactyl on the right.
The Handley Page "Gugnunc," the "Autogiro," and the Westland-Hill Pterodactyl formating at Croydon.
Assembled for a demonstration of C.19s at Hamble on February 19, 1931, can be seen, from left to right, G-AAY(N or P), G-AAK(Y or Z), G-ABFZ, an unidentified Mk III and G-AALA.
Cierva C.19, Mk III, G-AAYP at Hamble in 1930. It was scrapped in 1938.
CONVINCING: This photograph shows better than any we have seen the ability of the Cierva "Autogiro" to land in a confined space. The pilot was Mr. Brie.
A fine photograph of the Autogiro just after Mr. Alliot had removed the tape from its tail skid while it was flying across the aerodrome. The tennis court used for landing can be seen in the foreground.
The Autogiro C. 19. Mk. III (Genet Major) flown by Mr. Brie at Heston.
A Cierva C.19, similar to that flown by the author.
THE AUTOGIRO AT HANWORTH: Col. Sempill explains the "old Dutch scenery" to Princess Takamatsu.
Cierva Autogiro C.19 Mark III Light Aeroplane.
C.19 Mk IV
The unmarked C.19, Mk.IV experimental machine G-AAHM at Hamble in July 1931. In deep conversation behind the Autogiro can be seen test pilot Rawson, left, and the designer, Cierva.
Another view of the experimental C.19 Mk IV, G-AAHM, taken at Hamble on July 24, 1931.
BY AUTOGIRO TO THE CAPE: The Cierva Autogiro C.19 Mark IV (100 h.p. Armstrong Siddeley "Genet"), in which Mr. J. N. Young set out from Hanworth on April 25, on a flight to the Cape. He landed at Beauval, near Amiens, for fuel, and proceeded to Abbeville next day
Cierva C.19 Mk IV, G-ABFZ, flown by the author throughout the 1935 season. In December 1935 ’FZ was sold to Capt H. R. S. Howe and remained at Ford until scrapped in 1937.
One of two Cierva C.19 Mk IVPs flown by National Aviation Day Displays, often piloted by the author.
Two views of Cobham’s first Cierva C.19, G-ABGB, lost in a National Aviation Day Display show at Cape Town on February 17, 1933.
Cierva C.19 Mk IV.
Cierva C.19, Mk IVP, photographed at Colchester, probably in the winter of 1932/3.
Sold in Sweden in 1935, C.19 Mk.IV G-ABUG.
AN AUTOGIRO FOR INDIA: Raj Kumar Shri Ghanshyamsinhji of Limdi, who is at present taking his British "A" pilot's licence on the Autogiro at Hanworth. He has placed an order for a C.30-type Autogiro, which he intends taking back with him to India, where he already holds the Indian "A" licence.
THE FIRST FOCKE-WULF "AUTOGIRO." Of the C.19, Mark IV, type, this machine is fitted with a Siemens-Halske 7-cylinder radial engine of 110 h.p. The first test flights were carried out by Capt. A. H. C. Rawson, and will now be continued by the Focke-Wulf and D.V.L. pilots.
The start of the first heat for the Race at Skegness: (Left to right) "Avian," "Cadet," "Avian," "Spartan," "Widgeon" and Autogiro - the last, in its first race.
"UP AND AWAY": Mr. Brie lifting the "Autogiro" from the ground for a steep climb when competing at Brooklands on Sunday.
Cierva C.19 Mk IV G-ABGB flew with National Aviation Day Displays until February 13, 1933, when it crashed during a display at Cape Town. Cobham purchased C.19 G-ABFZ as a replacement and this Autogiro was flown during the 1935 tour.
The Avro 621 "Tutor" and the Autogiro of Sir Alan's Circus flying in typical Cape Town scenery.
AUTOGIROS OVER NEW YORK: Two Pitcairn Autogiros recently carried out some flights over New York City to determine the effect of wind currents among the "skyscrapers," and to find possible landing-places. Our picture shows the two machines flying up the river from New York Harbour.
"FORMATING": The two new Autogiros are here seen taking off at Stag Lane aerodrome, the C.24 piloted by Senor de la Cierva and the C.19 Mark IV by Captain Rawson.
The National Aviation Day display invariably opened with a Grand Flypast. This one consisted of, from top to bottom: de Havilland D.H.82 Tiger Moth G-ABUL; D.H.83 Fox Moth Youth of Newfoundland; Airspeed Ferry G-ABSI; Handley Page Clive G-ABYX Youth of Australia; Cierva C.19 Autogiro G-ABGB; Airspeed Ferry G-ABSJ; Fox Moth G-ACEX Youth of Ireland and Tiger Moth G-ACEZ.
THE FIRST FOCKE-WULF "AUTOGIRO." The engine-driven rotor starter, pyramid and rotor head.
C.19 Mk V
LANDING EXTRAORDINARY: The latest type of experimental Autogiro has no fixed wing, no ailerons, and no elevator. Control is by tilting the rotor direct. The machine can be landed with its tail wheel touching first, the rest of the aircraft then sinking quite slowly to earth. When this picture was taken Mr. de la Cierva was landing the machine in this fashion.
CENTRE OF ATTRACTION: Visitors at Tollerton were especially interested in the D.H. "Puss Moth," with its inverted "Gipsy" engine, and the Autogiro, which took part in the Pageant.
BEDFORD: The line up of demonstration machines, showing Metal Moth (Gipsy I), Puss Moth (Gipsy III). Desoutter II (Gipsy III), Moth (Cirrus III), Avian (Hermes), Autogiro (Genet Major).
Flt Lt Turner Hughes eyes the crowd from Tiger Moth G-ABUL as he flies inverted over Avro 504K G-ABHI and Cierva C.19 G-ABGB.
Unrehearsed item: The elderly C.19 Autogiro which visited the Rally lives up to its registration letters.
The Cierva C.19 Mk IV SE-ADU on the deck of the Lise after it had been recovered from the Baltic, together with its pilot, in September 1940.
The biplane tail on the Cierva "Autogiro." By tilting the horizontal surfaces upwards they can be made to act as deflectors, and thus assist in starting the rotor.
Cierva Autogiro C.19 Armstrong Siddeley "Genet" Engine