M.Goodall, A.Tagg British Aircraft before the Great War (Schiffer)
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BATCHELOR monoplane (Albert Batchelor, Strood, near Rochester, Kent)
Batchelor built his aircraft in his spare time at the cement works, which he owned, starting work in September 1909. It was taken to Eastchurch when ready in July 1910. The machine had not flown by October and was abandoned.
The single-seat monoplane was fitted with a Bleriot type castering undercarriage with skids and Demoiselle seating position; lateral control was by warping.
Power: 35hp Alvaston two-cylinder horizontally-opposed air-cooled driving a Cochrane propeller.
Weight 480 lb
P.Lewis British Aircraft 1809-1914 (Putnam)
The Batchelor single-seat tractor monoplane was built at Rochester, Kent, by Albert Batchelor in 1910. A two-cylinder horizontally-opposed 35 h.p. Alvaston engine provided the power. The machine combined the warping wings, lifting tail and castoring undercarriage of the BIeriot with the under-slung pilot's position of the Demoiselle, and was equipped with a Cochrane patent propeller. The wing and tail surfaces were covered with Dunlop rubberized fabric. Span, 28 ft. Length, 26 ft. Weight empty, 480 lb.
Flight, July 2, 1910
A BRITISH-BUILT MONOPLANE.
I enclose you photos of my monoplane which I have built all myself (excepting the Alvaston engine and the Cochrane propeller) in my spare time. It is all English; the covering is by Dunlop. I commenced it last September, and have had it finished the last three weeks, but am waiting for the Royal Aero Club, of which I am a member, to allow me to try it at Eastchurch. The width over all is 28 ft., with a total length of 26 ft.; the total weight is 480 lbs., with petrol and water complete. I shall be pleased to show it to anyone interested or anyone thinking of building. I find it is a task not to be lightly undertaken.
Rochester. ALBERT BATCHELOR.