L.Opdyke French Aeroplanes Before the Great War (Schiffer)
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Flight, September 30, 1911.
NEW BLERIOT "CANARD."
As we mentioned in a recent issue, the report that Bleriot has again been turning his attention to the production of a monoplane of a tail-first type is no canard, and we reproduce herewith photographs taken of this interesting machine at Hardelot, near Boulogne, where the machine is now undergoing tests. The landing carriage is an absolute departure from orthodox Bleriot design, and, together with the peculiar steel construction which comprises the tail skid and serves as a bridge to which the wings are braced, seems to indicate the effect of the Nieuport on current practice. Steering to the right and left is effected by miniature rudders, mounted vertically at the ends of the wings, and lateral balance is maintained by ailerons which present a slightly convex surface on the underside. One notable feature of the design is its shortness of overall length, being only 5.50 metres from tip of elevator to propeller. The wings span 8.90 metres, and have a carrying surface of 12 sq. metres. A 50-h.p. Gnome engine, direct coupled to an Integrale propeller, supplies the propulsive effort. Its weight is 400 kilogs.
In one of the views the rear disposition of the Bleriot "Canard" is clearly seen, as also the manner in which the engine is mounted. The oil system inspection glasses seem to have been mounted in rather a unique position, one calling for acrobatic contortion on the part of the pilot, should he wish to acquaint himself with the way his oil pump is working.