M.Goodall, A.Tagg British Aircraft before the Great War (Schiffer)
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PARKES biplane No.l (C.H. Parkes)
This first experimental machine, made by Parkes, was a two-bay biplane mounted on a bicycle and fitted with a biplane front elevator and tail rudder. The pedals drove a pusher propeller only, the chain to the rear wheel being disconnected. A speed of nine mph was reached on the level, but the machine would only lift off for a yard or two, when tested down a slope in 1909.
PARKES biplane No.2
This was a motor powered pusher biplane, with large front divided elevator, capable of being operated together or independently. Separate single-acting ailerons were mounted behind the trailing edge of the top wing. The machine was mounted on a three-wheeled chassis with a 4hp vee-twin air-cooled engine behind the pilot, driving by chain a shaft, on which was mounted a pusher propeller. The allup weight was 350 lb. Jumps of 10-40 feet in length were made in the summer of 1909.
P.Lewis British Aircraft 1809-1914 (Putnam)
Parkes Biplane No. 1
The first Parkes Biplane, designed by C. H. Parkes, was a single-seat pusher constructed during 1909. The propeller was driven by foot-pedals, the airframe of the machine being mounted on a bicycle undercarriage. A biplane front elevator was fitted. A speed of 9 m.p.h. was reached on the level, and the machine left the ground for a yard or two when running down a slope.
Parkes Biplane No. 2
C. H. Parkes's second biplane was also built in 1909 as a single-seat pusher and was fitted with a two-cylinder 4 h.p. engine. A single front elevator was used and the machine was equipped with a tricycle undercarriage. Hops of 10-40 ft. were achieved. Weight loaded, 350 lb.
Flight, September 25, 1909
MORE PIONEER WORK IN GREAT BRITAIN.
Despite of the apparent backwardness of this country in matters affecting the conquest of the air by heavier-than-air flyers, yet a considerable amount more pioneer work has in reality been going on in this direction during <...>