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Antoinette VIII

Levasseur Antoinette



Designer Leon Levavasseur produce the first Antoinette (model IV) in 1908. I was first flown at Issy on 9 October 1908 but was not demonstrated to the public until early 1909. English pilot Herbert Latham made a number of test flights with the type IV and attempted a Chsnnel crossing on 19 July 1909 but landed in the sea.
Several records were flown, like the first German cross country and the first time at 1000m height.
Latham flew the improved Type VII in July 1909. This featured a warping wing control system and other minor changes. In 1910 it too landed in the sea one mile short of the English coastline.
In 1910 Latham built his own Type VII using original Antoinette plans and it was flown regularly for several years in his experiments with monoplane designs.
Latham Antoinette VII


Engine One 50 hp Antoinette.
Length 37 ft. (11.5m)
Wing span 42 ft (12.8m)
Weight empty 992 lb (450 kg)
Seats: 1.
Speed: 43 mph (70 kph)
Range 96 miles (155 km)


Latham Type VII
Engine: Antoinette V-8, 50 hp
Wingspan: 42 ft
Length: 37 ft 8 in
All up weight: 1300 lb
Max speed: 44 mph





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