M.Goodall, A.Tagg British Aircraft before the Great War (Schiffer)
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P.Lewis British Aircraft 1809-1914 (Putnam)
The Locke Glider was built during 1910 by J. C. Locke of Chingford and was tested at Barking on 26th July, 1910. Span, 37 ft.
Flight, August 20, 1910
THE LOCKE GLIDER.
I promised some time ago, in a letter you published, to tell you about my experiments with a glider then in course of construction on lines which, unhappily for me, had been to some extent anticipated by Lieut. Dunne.
The glider is now more or less completed, after an annoying delay, and on Tuesday, July 26th, I attempted flight at Barking. The wind was not strong enough, however, and as the construction of the machine and the nature of the ground made a launch impracticable without the help of the wind, I have, unluckily, no success to report. But with time and patience great things may happen yet, and when they do you shall know of them.
The accompanying photo was taken at the time of the trial. It gives some idea of thу glider's chief characteristic - that is, its broad-arrow shape. The planes meet at an angle of 90 o, and are 37 ft. across from tip to tip. I don't think I'll give you any further details now.
The tousled-looking person standing in the angle at the back of the glider is myself. Of the three people on the other side of the planes, those bareheaded are friends who underwent a vast deal of violent exertion and acute discomfort (Barking has many thistles) in order to help me fly. My associate in building the glider unfortunately does not appear. He was working the camera.
I hope to have something really interesting to tell you before very long.
Chingford. J. C. LOCKE.