M.Goodall, A.Tagg British Aircraft before the Great War (Schiffer)
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P.Lewis British Aircraft 1809-1914 (Putnam)
The Scout or Midge single-seat pusher monoplane was built at Barking in 1909 and was designed by Major B. F. S. Baden-Powell. A three-cylinder 12 h.p. Buchet engine provided the power for the 5 ft. 6 ins. diameter propeller. The machine was exhibited at the Olympia Aero Show of 1909 and again at the Stanley Show of 1910. Span, 22 ft. Wing area, 90 sq. ft. Weight empty, 170 lb.
Flight, November 19, 1910
AEROPLANES AT THE STANLEY SHOW.
Major Baden-Powell's machine is of monoplane form, with a forward elevator and a fixed non-lifting stabilising tail. With the exception of the main frame of American elm, holding the engine and giving rigidity generally, the framework is constructed entirely of bamboo. The lower members of the fusellage act as skids, each being divided into two at the point of contact with the ground. In these two divisions are placed wheels working on spiral springs. The main planes, with an area of 90 sq. ft., are similar in shape to the wings of a bird, and are of Pegamoid stretched over a bamboo framework. The forward elevator, which is similarly constructed, is hinged to the forward point of the fuselage by a single steel clip, and is operated by a single control lever in front of the pilot. The rudder is of triangular shape, and is placed over the tail. No steering control is shown, but it no doubt would be by means of a foot lever. The pilot sits in a hammock-like seat in front of the main planes, whilst behind him and underneath the planes is the engine and propeller. The motor is a 12-h.p. 3-cyl. Buchet, and the propeller, which is mounted on the crank-shaft, is of original design, 5 1/2 ft. in diameter. A general note of lightness is to be observed. The total stated weight of the machine complete with the aviator aboard is only 350 lbs. The price is low, L120. Major Baden-Powell tells us certain slight alterations will be made before testing the aeroplane.