M.Goodall, A.Tagg British Aircraft before the Great War (Schiffer)
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NOTTINGHAM monoplane (Messrs. Searby, Allen & Searby, Hartley Rd., Nottingham)
This rather fragile looking two-seater tractor monoplane, of conventional layout, was built by the above individuals, who wrote to Flight (25 November 1911 p.1031), outlining their lack of success in forming an aero club in the area.
Power: 30hp Alvaston two-cylinder horizontally opposed water-cooled
P.Lewis British Aircraft 1809-1914 (Putnam)
The Nottingham Monoplane was a two-seat tractor built by Searby, Allen and Searby of Nottingham in 1911, and was powered by a 30 h.p. Alvaston engine.
Flight, November 25, 1911.
Aviation in Nottingham.
Having been a reader of your paper ever since the first issue, I have noticed enthusiasts in Nottingham have written to you regarding model and full-sized Aero Club for this city and district. For instance, about two and a-half years ago a very well-known Nottingham resident published in your paper that he would like all those interested in this district to communicate with him with the intention of forming such a club in Nottingham. I wrote this gentleman four times and never received an answer, nor have I heard any more about the formation of the club. I might also say that we have built our own machine, which cost just under L600, which is fitted with a 30-horse-power Alvaston motor (photo enclosed), and have spent shillings in advertising that we are prepared to assist in forming an Aero Club for this district, to try and create interest, and it could not have escaped the eye or the ear of those interested, and as our machine has been on exhibition twice in this town, once for a month and once for a week, now we think we have done our share toward the organising of an Aero Club in Nottingham, but still not downhearted we have managed to yet 15 names for such an organisation, and shall be pleased to hear from the Nottingham reader that wrote to your paper last week or anyone else interested.
We intend putting our machine in the hands of the members as soon as they prove proficient on the glider which we are about to construct.
Hartley Road, Nottingham. SEARBY, ALLEN AND SEARBY.