M.Goodall, A.Tagg British Aircraft before the Great War (Schiffer)
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SCOTTISH AVIATION Co., Caledonia and Dart monoplanes. (185 Hope St., Glasgow)
This company published a prospectus on 14 December 1911 stating, among other things, the acquisition of Barrhead Aerodrome and an agreement to build Avro-type aircraft. A. V. Roe was himself on the list of directors. The managing director, Frederick Norman, reported in The Aero on 9 October 1911, that an Avro-type aircraft was nearing completion and that a Scottish-built Farman type pusher biplane, already flying, was to be re-engined with a 50hp Alvaston, built at Glasgow, to make it eligible to compete for the ?1,000 prize on offer for a flight from Edinburgh to Glasgow by an all-Scottish machine.
The first aircraft, of which illustrations have been traced, is the Caledonia monoplane, which was flying at Barrhead from November 1911 piloted by R.W. Philpott, the company pilot. Norman was the designer of this single-seat tractor monoplane, with triangular section fuselage and twin skid, four wheeled undercarriage. It was powered by a 35hp JAP eight-cylinder vee air-cooled engine.
P.Lewis British Aircraft 1809-1914 (Putnam)
Scottish Aviation Company Caledonia
The single-seat Caledonia Monoplane was built during 1911 by the Scottish Aviation Co., 185 Hope Street, Glasgow, and was designed by F. Norman. A 35 h.p. J.A.P. engine was mounted in the nose of the triangular-section fuselage, and the undercarriage consisted of four wheels abreast together with a pair of skids. The machine was flying in November. 1911, piloted by R. W. Philpott, at Barrhead flying-school.
Flight, June 17, 1911.
BRITISH NOTES OF THE WEEK.
New Scottish Flying Ground.
AT the opening of the new flying ground of the Scottish Aviation Co. at Barrhead on the 3rd inst., the strong wind unfortunately prevented any actual flying. The visitors, however, were much interested in the Caledonia monoplane and also in the Bleriot school machine, the details of which were explained by Mr. F. Norman, the general manager. Arrangements have been completed for building both monoplanes and biplanes, the latter being suitable for carrying one or two persons.