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Handley Page Type A Bluebird / Type C


In June 1909 Frederick Handley Page (later Sir) established this company, building a series of monoplanes with crescent-shaped wings inspired by the Austrian designer Jose Weiss.

The first powered aeroplane was the type A, or Bluebird, with a 20 hp Advance V-4 engine. Priced at £376 at the March 1910 Olympia Aero Exhibition, it found no buyers.
Even after adding a triangular tailplane to the all moving cruciform tail surfaces only a hop was achieved.



When FHP took off on May 26, 1910, the craft side slipped into the ground due to lack of lateral control.

Adding wing warping and installing a 26 hp Alvaston engine did not help the redeignated Type C craft to fly.

Although a 50 hp Isaacaon was then fitted, it was abandoned unflown.



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