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"If Something Seems To Be Too Good To Be True, It's Best To Shoot It, Just In Case." -- Fiona Glenanne

Flying the Airplane is More Important than Radioing Your Plight to a Person on the Ground Who is Incapable of Understanding or Doing Anything About It." -- Unknown

"There seems to be almost no problem that Congress cannot, by diligent efforts and careful legislative drafting, make ten times worse." -- Me

"What the hell is an `Aluminum Falcon'?" -- Emperor Palpatine

"Eck!" -- George the Cat

Thursday, July 25, 2019

110 Years Ago

Louis Bleriot flew the English Channel in a Bleriot XI.

Ten years later, Handley Page Transport began offering flights from London to Paris.

The pictured airplane, a license-built copy made in Sweden, was used to recreate the Channel flight in 1999.


todgermanica said...

Hard to tell from the picture if the replica has the Anzani 3 cylinder 'Fan' or semi-radial type engine or the later 3 cylinder early full radial or 'Y' engine. They were developed from a V-twin motorcycle engine and reliability was bad, as with most bike engines used on UL planes even today. The 'Fan' configuration was supposed to reduce oil fouling on downward facing cylinders since it had none. They vibrated badly, shakier than the Jake, despite balance counter weights.
Even before the Channel flight Anzani was developing a true 'Y' shaped radial that was lighter than the 'Fan' because it required lighter counterweights.
Interesting that Anzani soon after developed a two-row 6-cylinder radial that consisted of two of the 'Y' motors bolted together. There is nothing new under the sun. Thanks for the post.

CenterPuke88 said...

The aircraft is a Thulin A, license built 1919 copy of the Bleriot XI. Registration is SE-AMZ, and there are a number of pictures on the “JetPhotos” website. One close-up of the nose has a view of a seven cylinder rotary engine, labeled a “Gnome-7B with 52 kW (70 PS)”.,,however that photo is from September of 2007.