M.Goodall, A.Tagg British Aircraft before the Great War (Schiffer)
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P.Lewis British Aircraft 1809-1914 (Putnam)
The Ferguson Monoplane was designed by Harry G. Ferguson and was built by J. B. Ferguson and Co. Ltd., of Belfast, being completed in its original form during December, 1909. It was a two-seater and was powered by the eight-cylinder 35 h.p. J.A.P. engine driving a Beedle propeller which was later superseded by a Cochrane. First tests were carried out on 31st December, 1909, at Lord Downshire's Park at Hillsborough, where the machine flew for 130 yds. in a 25 m.p.h. wind, this constituting the first flight of an all-Irish aircraft. During June, 1910, Ferguson made a flight of 2.5 miles at 30-40 ft. over Magilligan Strand at Lough Foyle, Co. Derry, and further successful flights were made at Newcastle, Co. Down, in July, August and October, 1910. Late in December, 1910, it was damaged in landing and was subsequently rebuilt in a modified form, the wingspan and the fuselage being shortened. Fabric was used to cover the fuselage completely. With this machine Ferguson made several excellent flights in June, 1911, before coming to grief by landing on a soft mud-bank. Undeterred, he once again reconstructed the monoplane, which was extensively damaged, and replaced the skid by a nosewheel. This third version was an excellent flyer and was flown regularly at Magilligan Strand in 1912 by Ferguson and again in February, 1913, by O. G. Lywood. Harry Ferguson was an early member of the Automobile Association and mounted a large A. A. badge on the cabane of his monoplane for its 1910 flights. He later became world-famous as the inventor and manufacturer of a lightweight agricultural tractor of revolutionary design. Span, 34 ft. Length, 30 ft. Wing area, 192 sq. ft. Weight empty, 620 lb. Weight loaded, 760 lb.
Jane's All The World Aircraft 1913
FERGUSON. J.B. Ferguson, Ltd., Belfast.
This machine first appeared in 1910. Owing to an accident to Mr. Ferguson it was laid up for a long time. About the end of 1912 it re-appeared. Principal details:-- Span.--40 feet (12.20 m.) Area.--230 sq. feet (21 m?.) H.P. 40.
Flight, January 8, 1910
FIRST FLIGHT IN IRELAND.
THE Emerald Isle is not by any means very far behind the times in matters of practical value, and among the several flying machines which have been built and experimented with, that of Mr. H. G. Ferguson, of Belfast, appears to give very good promise of success. So far the work of trying it has been hampered by the lack of a suitable ground, but it is hoped that this will shortly be remedied. It has been located at Lord Downshire's park at Hillsborough, but this, having proved to be too hilly, a move has been decided upon. During the three weeks the monoplane has been at Hillsborough, the weather has been all against practice, but on the last day of the old year Mr. Ferguson, after fitting a new Cochrane propeller, was successful in getting his machine to rise and fly for 130 yards, and this in spite of a gusty wind blowing at an average rate of 25 miles an hour. During this trial Mr. Ferguson had the machine under perfect control and landed again without difficulty. The machine is a monoplane somewhat suggestive of the Bleriot cross-Channel flyer, having a supporting surface of 192 sq. ft., the main planes being 34 ft. span. They are mounted with a dihedral angle of 4°, while the angle of incidence when flying is 7°. The length of the machine is 30 ft., and it weighs 620 lbs. It is fitted with a 7 ft. tractor, driven at a speed of 1,200 revs, per min. by a 35-h.p. 8-cyl. air-cooled J.A.P. engine, and a speed of 32 miles has to be obtained before lifting is accomplished. The monoplane was constructed entirely in the works of Messrs. J. B. Ferguson, Ltd., of Belfast, and was designed by Mr. H. G. Ferguson after studying the various aeroplanes which took part in the Rheims and Blackpool meetings. The owner hopes to be the first to fly across the Irish Channel, and moreover to accomplish it before long.
Flight, October 8, 1910
MR. HARRY G. FERGUSON STEADILY ADVANCES.
ALTHOUGH Mr. Ferguson does not claim to have made World's record performances in Ireland, his steady application and work are bringing their natural rewards, and many good flights are resulting. His chief flying ground has been at Magilligan Point (co. Derry), where he has been out practically every day. Recently he indulged in many graceful manoeuvres in the air on his monoplane, his daily aggregate distance getting up to about 10 miles; some individual trips coming out at 2 miles. He is becoming very adept at controlling his machine, once or twice having encountered very gusty weather - and gained good experience accordingly. Passenger carrying he also indulges in, and as he took up a lady passenger with him prior to the Leopardstown meeting, he is justly entitled to the record of having achieved the first passenger flight in Ireland. Some interesting snapshots of Mr. Ferguson in flight, &c, appear this week. His methods are to always get right up to about 40 ft., and until his engine, which is not nearly powerful enough, gets "tired," he keeps the air, and then comes down. We wish Mr. Ferguson further successes in his helpful work in Ireland.