By Mike Goodall
For the first actual time, the background of British pre-World warfare I airplane has been collected jointly in a single quantity, with greater than 900 of them good illustrated. This new ebook constitutes a most dear contribution a few striking interval in aviation background and is a memorial to the bravery and inventiveness of the intrepid pioneers of that remote period. one of many well-known manufacturer's coated are Avro, Sopwith, Shorts, and Bristol. Many lesser identified designers and developers equivalent to Martin-Handasyde and Howard Wright also are given considerable insurance.
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However, at Brooklands, the Bellamy aircraft was con structed on the site, largely from bamboo, and was fitted with a Panhard engine driving a pusher propeller direct on the crank shaft and a tractor propeller on an extension shaft. The ma- chine had a front mounted cruciform fin and horizontal plane, both of triangular shape, and a large flexible tailplane, serving as an elevator control, mounted midway between the top and bottom longerons of the rear structure. The whole machine looked extremely flimsy and unlikely to achieve sustained flight, which in the event it did not.
Three of the type were built, the first to the order of a private owner, with minor variations be tween each machine. There were visible differences to the en gine cowlings, where cutaways were made to improve the cool ing and air intake supply, and later when no cowling was fitted to the radial engine. One machine had a single kingpost and was a single-seater with freight compartment in place of the front cockpit. The original version had one large cockpit for both crew, but this was modified to make two separate cock pits.
Early in 1915 the machine crashed into a cliff at Speeton in poor visibility, when being flown by Rowland Ding from Scarborough to Killingholme. The Type L was a conventional biplane design of the pe riod, although it was the first Blackburn machine with a squaresection fuselage. During the course of its development, the longspan, parallel ailerons on the top wing were replaced by shortspan, tapered units. Other changes included the removal of the engine cowling and the moving of the radiators to the rear center section struts.