Jane's All The World Aircraft 1919
SPYKER SCHOOL BIPLANE.
Type of machine Spyker dual control School Biplane.
Name or type No. of machine V.2.
Purpose for which Intended Training.
Span 10.850 m.
Overall length 6.640 m.
Maximum height 3 m.
Engine type and h.p. Spyker 80 h.p. Rotary.
Load per sq. m. 23 kg.
Petrol tank capacity In gallons 25 gallons.
Oil tank capacity In gallons 5 1/2 gallons.
Speed, maximum 135 km. per hour.
Speed, minimum 70 km. per hour.
To 1,000 ms. in minutes 8 minutes with full load.
Flight, August 28, 1919.
THE E.L.T.A. SHOW
THE SPYKER MACHINES.
The second machine exhibited on the Spyker stand is a two-seater tractor, designed for school work. It is fitted with an 80-90 h.p. Thulin (Swedish) engine of the Le Rhone type. This machine, being intended for instruction work and carrying two, is somewhat larger than the single-seater, but is also a fairly small, and very pleasing, aeroplane. It has two pairs of struts aside, and the same common-sense design is noticeable in all its details. This machine has not, however, a monocoque fuselage, but one of the usual wood girder type, with struts and cross members of T section, and wire bracing. As shown, the rear part of the fuselage was uncovered so as to show the internal construction and workmanship, both of which were very good. In this machine the lift bracing is in the form of standard cables, and the manner of attaching the lower plane to the fuselage is very neat, being effected by a form of union, not unlike that employed on some of the earlier German Albatros biplanes.
The undercarriage is of the Vee type, with very wide track, and the lower apices of the two Vees are arranged in a manner not unlike that of some of the Sopwith undercarriages. That is to say, there is a cross piece some little distance up, and a plate with guides for the axle. Needless to say, as the machine is intended for instruction it is fitted with dual control. In view of the comparatively low power the machine has a good performance, and we are informed that she has been looped, which is not bad for a two-seater with only 80 h.p.
The Spyker firm also shows, in addition to one of their cars, a rotary engine of the Clerget type, but built by Spykers, which is rated at 130 h.p. Judging from an external examination it is a very fine job, the engine being well finished and the workmanship, as far as it was possible to judge, being very good.