Spartan Cruiser     1932
Saunders-Roe Percival Mailplane     1931
Страна: Великобритания
Год: 1932

Трехмоторный легкий транспортный самолет
Spartan (Великобритания). Монопланы
Flight, July 1932
The Spartan "Cruiser”
Flight, November 1932
British Aircraft
Flight, November 1934

Spartan (Великобритания). Монопланы

   Последней машиной компании стал трехмоторный легкий транспортный самолет Spartan Cruiser. Он был создан на базе построенного в единственном экземпляре самолета Saro-Percival Mailplane, спроектированного Эдгаром Персивалем для компании "Saro". Специалисты "Spartan" получили права на Mailplane и переделали внутреннюю компоновку для экипажа из двух человек и шести пассажиров, присвоив новой машине название Cruiser I. Силовая установка осталась прежние - три двигателя de Havilland Gipsy III мощностью по 120 л. с. Серийный Cruiser II (построены 12 самолетов) имел более мощные двигатели. Кроме того, до прекращения сборки в мае 1935 года были построены еще и три самолета Cruiser III.


   Spartan Cruiser II

   Тип: трехмоторный легкий транспортный самолет
   Силовая установка: три рядных ПД de Havilland Gipsy Major, Cirrus Hermes IV или Walter Major 4 no 130 л. с. (97 кВт)
   Летные характеристики: максимальная скорость 214 км/ч; практический потолок 4570 м; дальность 499 км
   Масса: пустого 1656 кг; максимальная взлетная 2812 кг
   Размеры: размах крыла 16,46 м; длина 11,94 м; высота 3,05 м; площадь крыла 40,50 м2

Flight, July 1932

The Spartan "Cruiser”

   THERE was a time, and not so very long ago, when it was a common thing to hear the complaint that a potential purchaser of aircraft could not obtain from a British firm anything between the light aeroplane two-seater of some 100 h.p. and the large commercial "air liner" of several hundred or even over 1,000 h.p. During the last two years things have changed radically, and there are now available to the purchaser of aircraft a very complete range of types and sizes, from the smallest single-seater through two-seaters, three-seaters, four-seaters and six-seaters, to the small, intermediate and large commercial aircraft. He would be a difficult man to please who could not find among them a type to suit his particular needs.
   A six-seater which has recently made its appearance, and which should find a large field of usefulness, is the new three-engined monoplane produced at Cowes by Spartan Aircraft, Ltd., and to be marketed as the Spartan "Cruiser." The close connection between Spartan Aircraft and Saunders-Roe, Ltd., is doubtless responsible for the similarity in structural features to Saro flying boats which the "Cruiser" exhibits. These features have by now been well tried out in such types as the Saro "Cutty Sark," "Windhover" and "Cloud" flying boats, and their application to a landplane type is to be regarded as very sound business.
   Fitted with three de Havilland "Gipsy III" inverted engines, the "Cruiser" carries, when equipped for passenger work, five passengers in addition to the pilot. This represents a power of 72 h.p. per paying passenger, which cannot be regarded as excessive in view of the good performance of the machine. When the cabin furnishings are removed and the "Cruiser" used as a freight carrier, the pay load becomes 1,000 lb., or 2.78 lb./h.p., for an endurance of 6 hours and a cruising range of approximately 700 miles. If the range is shortened, the pay load is, of course, correspondingly increased. As the machine has been designed to, and actually does, fly on any two of its three engines, it should cruise at a power expenditure low enough to ensure that engine failure should be almost unknown, and forced landings to all intents and purposes eliminated.
   The ratio of gross weight to tare weight is always worth examining, as it represents to some extent the "structural efficiency" of the aircraft. For the Spartan "Cruiser" as a passenger machine the ratio is 1.53, and for the freight-carrier it is 1.65. Both figures must be regarded as good, and indicate that considerable engineering skill has been brought to bear on the structural design.
   The aerodynamic efficiency also appears to be above the average. The Everling "High-speed Figure" has a value of 20.25, which points to a very low minimum drag coefficient. In appearance the "Cruiser" is certainly "clean," and the performance indicates that there is good scientific foundation for this impression.
   The cabin of the "Cruiser" is very well arranged, with comfortable seats along the sides, a good view through windows in the sides, and excellent lighting through the side windows and the roof lights.
   Fuselage.- The fuselage is of metal construction throughout, and follows closely in principle, although not, of course, in actual shape, the hulls of the "Saro" flying boats. A series of light frames give the fuselage, its transverse sections, while, the planking or covering is of "Alclad," stiffened by longitudinal corrugations spaced several inches apart. The planking is riveted to the frame flanges.
   Wing.- The cantilever monoplane wing is of all-wood construction, with two main spars of box section, having spruce flanges and three-ply sides. The wing ribs have spruce flanges and three-ply webs, and the covering is a three-ply skin which assists in providing torsional stiffness. Near the fuselage the wing covering is thickened and stiffened to form a walkway to the cabin door.
   Tail Unit.- The complete tail unit is a Duralumin structure covered with doped fabric. The rudder and elevators are provided with horn balances, and tail trimming is by a screw jack operated by a wheel in the pilot's cockpit.
   Power Plant.- The three De Havilland "Gipsy III" engines are mounted two in the wings and one in the nose of the fuselage. If desired, alternative types can be fitted provided they are of reasonably the same power and general type. The engine mountings are of steel tube construction, and the wing engines are faired carefully into the wing surface. As the central engine is rather high above the ground, it has been fitted with hand-turning gear. The outboard airscrews are within reach from the ground, and the outboard engines are therefore started by swinging the propellers.
   Fuel System.- There are two main petrol tanks, housed in the wing between the main spars, each tank being situated in the wing just behind its engine. Each tank has a capacity of 60 gallons (273 litres), which gives the machine an endurance of six hours at an economical cruising speed of 110 m.p.h. When the machine is used as a passenger carrier the tanks will not normally be filled up, but will contain enough fuel for about four hours' cruising. The tanks are interconnected with large balance pipes. Each engine is provided with a fuel pump which feeds direct to the carburettor. In the event of a pump failing, a cross-connection is arranged whereby the engine is supplied by another pump. Fuel contents gauges are fitted to each tank.
   Lubrication System.- The oil tanks are placed in the fairings behind each engine.
   Undercarriage.- The undercarriage is of the "split" type and has a wide track (10 ft.). The telescopic strut, which runs to the under-side of the front spar, is of the oil-cum-steel spring type. The bent axle hinges on the centre line of the bottom of the fuselage, in line with the front spar, while the radius rod runs to the rear spar.
   Controls.- Elevator and ailerons are operated by a hand wheel on a hinged column, while the rudder control is a parallel-motion, easily adjustable bar. From the pilot's controls to the various control surfaces the run through the machine is by rods and cables. Engine controls are conveniently placed, and operate through rods and torque shafts.
   Cabin Arrangement.- The fuselage is sufficiently wide to permit of placing the seats along the sides, with a gangway down the centre of the cabin. Four of the seats are placed between the wing spars, while the pilot's seat (on the port side) and that of the fifth passenger are in front of the leading edge of the wing. The windows in the sides of the cabin are of "Triplex," while those in the roof are of celluloid. The side windows are made to slide for ventilation purposes.
   Behind the cabin is a large stowage space for luggage.
   The main dimensions, areas, etc., are shown on the three-view general arrangement drawings.

Flight, November 1932

British Aircraft

Spartan Aircraft, Limited
Cowes, Isle of Wight

   ASSOCIATED with Saunders-Roe, Ltd., in that Sir Alliott V. Roe and Mr. John Lord are directors of both firms, Spartan Aircraft, Ltd., has developed from the firm originally started by Mr. O. E. Simonds, M.P. (who is now no longer connected with it), and several interesting types of aircraft for the private owner have been produced. Of these we have space to refer to but two.

The Spartan " Cruiser "

   This three-engined six-seater is a low-wing cantilever monoplane fitted with three de Havilland Gipsy III engines. It has an extremely comfortable cabin, and safety is ensured by the ability of the machine to fly on any two of its three engines. Structurally the "Cruiser" resembles the Saro flying boats in that it has an "Alclad"-covered fuselage and wooden wings. The data of the Spartan "Cruiser” are :-
   Length o.a. 39 ft. 2 in. (11,95 m.)
   Wing span 54 ft. 0 in. (16,45 m.)
   Wing area 436 sq. ft. (40,5 m".)
   Tare weight 3,400 lb. (1 542 kg.)
   Pilot 170 lb. (77 kg.)
   Five passengers 800 lb. (363 kg.)
   Fuel and oil 1,000 lb. (454 kg.)
   Gross weight 5,500 lb. (2 495 kg.)
   Maximum speed 135m.p.h. (217 km./h.)
   Cruising speed 110 m.p.h. (177 km./h.)
   Initial rate of climb 600 ft./min. (3,06 m./sec.)
   Ceiling 15,000 ft. (4 570 m.)
   Range 660 miles (1 062 km.)
   The machine can also be used as a freighter, when the pay load becomes 1,010 lb. (458 kg.), the range remaining the same as before.

Flight, November 1934


One of the younger British aircraft firms, the Spartan company has a strong link with aviation history in that Sir Alliott Verdon-Roe and Mr. John Lord are on the board of directors.

   DESIGNED specially for "feeder line" work, the Spartan "Cruiser" is of "mixed" construction, the fuselage being built rather like the hull of a flying boat, which gives the machine the ability to spend, if necessary, long periods in the open, a feature which may be valuable, when operating a long way from a base. The machine is a three-engined low-wing cantilever monoplane, and the reserve power is such that height can be maintained with any one of the three engines stopped. Thus forced landings should be very rare occurrences.
   The fuselage is mainly of "Alclad" construction, with fore-and-aft corrugations externally to give stiffness to the covering. Panel beating has been avoided, so that repairs in the field can be made with a good degree of ease. The wings are of wood construction, the covering being plywood.
   Engines of 120-130 h.p. are suitable, the usual models being the ''Cirrus-Hermes IV" and the "Gipsy-Major." The two petrol tanks are housed in the wing, each having a capacity of 60 gallons (273 litres). If the machine is carrying more than six people, the tanks will not normally be filled quite full, but will contain sufficient fuel for four hours at a cruising speed of about 116 m.p.h. With full tanks and three passengers, the range can be extended to 620 miles.
   Triplex windows of large area give good lighting in the cabin, which may have seats for up to ten passengers, although the range is then fairly short. A more normal cabin layout is for five to six passengers, whose seats are very comfortable, with plenty of leg room. If desired, the pilot's compartment can be partitioned off from the main cabin.
Cruiser I
THE SARO PERCIVAL MONOPLANE: The Saro Percival Monoplane is the first 3-engined long-range mail plane to be built in this country, and from the preliminary tests it would appear that it will fulfil this duty in a remarkably efficient manner. The engines are three Gipsy III's and, as can be seen from the photograph, are very neatly cowled in. The landing run is very short indeed, while the landing speed, although figures may not yet be quoted, is also very low. This fact, together with the immunity from forced landings which the three-engine arrangement will give, should make the Saro Percival an ideal night mail carrier; a type which will be found invaluable in many parts of the world.
Refuelling Capt. N. Stack's Spartan Mailplane from the Shell and "B.P." lorry at Heston prior to his flight to India and back.
A FIRST PUBLIC APPEARANCE: The Saro-Percival three-engined monoplane (Gipsy III) paid a visit to Heston on Saturday last, piloted by Mr. Percival himself, who had just brought the machine over from Martlesham where it had been undergoing official tests. Ability to fly on any two of the three engines is one of the features of this machine.
The Saro A.24 Mailplane after Spartan Aircraft had fitted twin fins and rudders and installed windows in the mail compartment.
The Saro-Percival Mailplane, G-ABLI, designed by Capt E. W. Percival, was built at Cowes in 1931. The design led to the Spartan Cruiser of which 16 were produced. The Mailplane was powered by three 120 h.p. D. H. Gipsy III engines and was a single seat aircraft with a large mail compartment taking up the bulk of the fuselage. Two passenger seats were later added for a flight to India made in June 1932.
The A 24 shown in its guise as Blackpool, the aircraft used for the record-breaking flight to Karachi in 1932.
G-ABLI in varied company. Note the single porthole behind the pilot’s cabin - was this prior to the Karachi flight or afterwards? Recognisable among the aircraft in the photograph are Cierva C24 G-ABLM (withdrawn from use December 1934); Puss Moth; Dessoutter (either G-ABFO or G-ABRN); Hendy 302 G-AAVT; Junkers F.13ge G-ABDC (sold in Sweden December 1934) and Comper Swift G-ABPE. Can anyone name and date the occasion?
SCENES AT HESTON: Some of the commercial aircraft which were on view - ABGK, Lockheed "Vega"; ABLI, Spartan Mailplane; ABEF, Ford; ABDC, Junkers; ABDH and ABFV, "Puss Moths."
THE SPARTAN "CRUISER": "Spats" over the wheels add to the already clean design. The engines are de Havilland "Gipsy III."
G-ABTY, the first Spartan Cruiser. Passenger entry was via the rear windows on the port side. This window arrangement was not used on the subsequent Cruisers.
Spartan "Cruiser"
THE LATEST SPARTAN: This new Spartan is a six-seater with three Gipsy III engines. The wing is of plywood, while the roomy fuselage of "Alclad" closely follows the construction of the Saro "Cutty Sark." Flight tests have been made and the machine is very pleasant to handle.
The Cruiser I G-ABTY showing its unusual cockpit!cabin glazing.
1,000 lb. being loaded into the Spartan "Cruiser" for a full-load demonstration.
AT CROYDON: The Prince is seen de-planing from the Spartan "Cruiser" - in which he flew from Sunningdale
The Lord Mayor of London going on board the Spartan "Cruiser" (three "Gipsy III's" at Heston. Col. Strange flew the party, which included Col. Shelmerdine, the Director of Civil Aviation, to Maylands Aerodrome, Romford.
AT BELGRADE: Mr. Jojkitch; Mr. Ballardie; Mr. Mapplebeck; Capt. Markitchevitch, President of the Military Commission; Col. Strange, and three other members of the Commission. The party on the right includes, facing the camera, Lt. Col. Tomic, Commandant of the Belgrade Aerodrome, who is understood to be the senior pilot to have flown on active service in any Air Force in the world. (Balkan War, 1912, in a Bleriot.)
AT CROYDON: The Heracles (with the Spartan "Cruiser") just before the start for Denmark.
Cruiser II
Spartan "Cruiser" (3 "Hermes IV") six seater.
The Spartan "Cruiser" as seen from below. Its controllability is exemplified by the steep climb, this photograph being taken directly after the take-off. Even at this angle it is obvious that the pilot has an excellent forward and downward view.
Spartan Air Lines Cruiser II G-ACDW Faithful City about to leave Croydon for the Isle of Wight on May 1, 1934. It has metal propellers and hinged panel entry to the cockpit. The starting handle has been inserted beneath the nose engine.
HOMEWARD BOUND: The Faithful City photographed at Almaza Aerodrome, Cairo, on its way home.
Spartan Air Lines' Spartan Cruiser III G-ACDW, Faithful City, seen at Misr Airworks base in Egypt.
Captain W P Crawford Greene, the MP for Worcester, chartered Spartan Air Lines Cruiser II G-ACDW for a flight from Heston to Australia and back in October 1933. The aircraft, carrying the name Faithful City, is shown at Heston, loading up.
WINGS OVER MELBOURNE: The Spartan "Cruiser" (three "Gipsy Majors") chartered by Capt. W. P. Crawford Greene, flying over the modern and well-planned Australian City of Melbourne
THE SPARTAN CRUISER as used on London - Isle of Wight Air Line Service.
Cruiser II G-ACDW, carrying Spartan Air Lines titles on the fin and Spartan’s short-lived logo.
Spartan Airlines' Spartan Cruiser II G-ACDW began operating from Cowes on the Isle of Wight to Heston in 1933.
Spartan Air Lines Cruiser II G-ACDW flying off Cowes, Isle of Wight.
Spartan Air Lines Cruiser II G-ACDX at Croydon for the start of the Railway Air Services three times a day service from London to the Isle of Wight, May 1, 1934. The routing linked to the rail service from Croydon to Victoria Station in central London.
Cruiser II G-ACJO prior to delivery to the Yugoslav airline Aeroput in September 1933.
Cruiser II G-ACSM served in turn Spartan, British Airways, Northern & Scottish and Scottish Airlines before being impressed into RAF service in April 1940.
Spartan Cruiser G-ACSM in British Airways ownership, but late of Spartan Air Lines, when it was named Sussex.
Northern and Scottish Airways' Cruiser II, G-ACSM, at Glenbrittle, Skye, still carrying British Airways' name beneath the cabin windows.
Spartan Air Lines' Spartan Cruiser II G-ACVT used on the London-Isle of Wight service.
G-ACYL in the colours of United Airways, to whom it was delivered in October 1934.
United Airways' Spartan Cruiser II G-ACYL on loan from Spartan Air Lines
British Airways' Cruiser II G-ACZM at Newtownards, Northern Ireland.
The last Mk II G-ACZM at Blackpool’s Stanley Park in the colours of British Airways.
Spartan Cruiser II G-ACZM after transfer to British Airways.
ANOTHER "CRUISER" FOR BATAS: The Spartan, recently delivered at Zlin by Lt. Col. LA. Strange, has three Walter-Junior-Major engines.
PILOT AND PASSENGERS: Left to right, Mr. P. W. Lynch-Biosse, Capt. W. P. Crawford Greene and Lord Apsley. The other member of the crew is doing a job of work in the cabin.
Spartan Air Lines original pilots: left to right R T Halliwell, R H McIntosh, P Lynch Blosse and L W van Oppen.
Flying at Cowes as YI-AAA. Under this registration it was owned by Iraq Airwork for service between Baghdad and Mosul.
Aeroput’s Cruiser II YU-SAO. The airline operated two British-built Cruisers and acquired a licence to build further examples in Yugoslavia. It appears that Aeroput built only one, YU-SAP.
Cruiser III
The first Mk III G-ACYK, destined to collide with a hill in Scotland. Note the ‘trouser’ fairings around the undercarriage.
Visiting aircraft at Croydon in the late Thirties.
Scottish Airways Cruiser III G-ACYK, still bearing the old company name, after its crash near Largs on January 14, 1938. The effect of the crash on metal and wooden propellers is of interest. The accident was caused by a sudden drop in atmospheric pressure while flying in poor visibility.
Surviving relic. The centre fuselage of Cruiser III G-ACYK is displayed at the Museum of Flight, East Fortune.
The second Cruiser III on a test flight. This aircraft was impressed into the RAF as X9432 in April 1940, and was scrapped that June.
Spartan Cruiser эксплуатировались преимущественно гражданскими операторами в Великобритании и Австралии. Три машины попали в британские ВВС в начале Второй мировой войны.
Mk III G-ADEL in flight over the Isle of Wight.
Cruiser III G-ADEM in the colours of Railway Air Services.
Northern and Scottish Airways Cruiser III and Cruiser IIs at Renfrew.
A NEW VERSION. This new model of the Spartan "Cruiser" (three Gipsy "Majors") has a cantilever undercarriage with "full-cut trousers." The front part of the fuselage is still built-up, boat-fashion, of light alloy, but the rear part is now a welded steel-tube structure with doped fabric covering. The machine, which was one of the exhibits at last Saturday's Egyptian Mission visit to Croydon, is being used by Spartan Air Lines between London and Isle of Wight.
A section of the long line of machines on exhibition. In the foreground is the B.A.C. "Drone," then a Spartan "Cruiser," a Railway Air Services D.H.86, the K.L.M. Douglas D.C.2, and others.
EN ROUTE FOR INDIA: A Spartan "Cruiser" being shipped from Southampton for the Maharajah of Patiala.
Spartan Cruiser with six-passenger layout.
Poster for the Spartan Air Lines/Railway Air Services service to!from the Isle of Wight. Mk III G-ADEL is depicted.
Theo Fraser's Over the sea to Skye depicts a Spartan Cruiser II in a dramatic setting.
KEITH WOODCOCK’S painting shows the Spartan Cruiser II G-ACSM in Scottish Airways’ colours.
This diagram shows the alternative cabin arrangement for the new Spartan "Cruiser."
On the left one of the wing engine mountings. On the right a wing engine installation.
The oil tank of each wing engine is mounted in the fairing behind the engine.
ON THE "CRUISER": The aileron crank and its fairing.
ON THE "CRUISER": The tail wheel, which is sprung and swivelled, the sideways movement being limited by rubber buffers.
Spartan Cruiser 3 Gipsy III Engines