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Watkins Monoplane

 

Watkins-Mono

 

Designed by Charles Horace Watkins in 1907 the Monoplane was built at Mynachdy Farm, Maendy, Cardiff, Wales, over the following couple of years. Although it made ts first hops from the farm probably early in 1910 its first real flights came later in the year when it is reported to have flown over Whitchurch, Glam, and in the same year its first cross-country was made to a ridge on the Caerphilly Mountain and back. It was powered by a 40 hp three cylinder engine modified from an Anzani and cast in the Cardiff Railway Works. It is claimed that this aircraft, named the ‘Robin Goch’, made the first night flight over Wales in 1910.
 
It was flown until about 1918 when it was grounded by a cracked cylinder head. It was stored at Mr Watkins garage until 1959 when it was moved to St.Athan for display where it has since remained.
 
Mr Watkins died in December 1976 aged 92.
 
Engine: modified Anzani, 40 hp
Wingspan: 32 ft
Length: 21 ft 6 in
All up weight: 600 lb
Max speed: 60 mph
 
 
 
Vermont Air Transport Co Gull Wing
 
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Schill Gull Wing NX6929
 
The 1929 Vermont Air Transport Co Gull Wing was constructed at Harrison NJ. The four place Gull Wing featured two side-by-side cockpits. Wide-chord, birdlike wings permitted landings in 300-400'.
 
The one built NX6929, planned for entry in the Guggenheim competition, but was damaged beyond repair in a rough-field landing at St Albans VT.
 
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Schill Gull Wing NX6929
 
Engine: Anzani
Max speed: 80 mph
Stall: 30 mph
Seats: 4
 
 
 
VEF I-17
 
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VEF I-17 at the VEF factory, 1940
 
VEF I-17 was a Latvian trainer aircraft (intended also as a fighter) designed in 1939 by Kārlis Irbītis.The I-17 was test flown in early 1940 and almost immediately accepted by Latvian Air Force. It was produced by the VEF factory in Riga.
 
In 1939 Latvia ordered 39 Hawker Hurricane fighters from United Kingdom thus there was a need for monoplane pilots in Latvia. For this purpose Kārlis Irbītis designed the VEF I-17 among other trainer aircraft. Due to the start of Second World War in September 1939, the British Hawker Hurricanes never arrived in Latvia and this was an inducement for the Latvian Air force to encourage Latvian aircraft development instead.
 
First flying in 1940, but due to the pressures of the war, the I-17 prototype was accepted almost without testing and serial production was started.
 
Six examples of the I-17 were built and there was an order for another six but that was halted by the Soviet occupation of Latvia in June 1940.
 
After the occupation the I-17 was tested by Soviet Red Army and some had Soviet M-11 engines installed. After the occupation of Latvia by Nazi Germany in July 1941, the I-17 was also examined and tested by the Luftwaffe and, like the VEF I-16, was used by the aviation school in Torun. It is believed five VEF I-17 were flown to Germany.
 
The further fate of the VEF I-17s produced is unknown.
 
Engine: 1 × Menasco Pirate C4, 93 kW (125 hp)
Propeller: 2-bladed fixed pitch
Wingspan: 9.80 m (32 ft 2 in)
Wing area: 19.20 m2 (206.7 sq ft)
Length: 8.20 m (26 ft 11 in)
Height: 2.90 m (9 ft 6 in)
Empty weight: 790 kg (1,742 lb)
Gross weight: 1,140 kg (2,513 lb)
Maximum speed: 230 km/h (143 mph; 124 kn)
Cruising speed: 189 km / h
Range: 592 km (368 mi; 320 nmi)
Service ceiling: 5,900 m (19,400 ft)
Wing loading: 59.4 kg/m2 (12.2 lb/sq ft)
Crew: one
Capacity: one passenger
 
 
 
Vermont Air Transport Co B-1
 
Built in 1931 the biplane three place open cockpit B-1 N783Y c/n 1 was likely a modified Curtiss JN-4 used for barnstorming rides locally. Power was a 90hp Curtiss OX-5.
 
 
 
Wilde Bicycle Bird Ornithicopter
 
Wild-Orth
 
This Bicycle Bird will fly, insists inventor Lehman Wilde. For 34 years Wilde has dreamed of his ornithicopter, now it is ready for its final tests at Curtiss Field on Long Island. The machine weighs 275 pounds and is composed mostly of wings. There is a sprocket-and-gear arrangement that flaps these wings while a pilot treadles, as one would a bicycle.
 
 
 
 


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