Jane's All The World Aircraft 1913
GALLAUDET. Gallaudet Eng. Co., Norwich Ct.
In 1912 produced a special racer as above. Span, 32 feet (9.75 m.) Area, 200 sq. feet (18? m?.) Speed, 100 m.p.h. (160 k.p.h.) Motor, 100 Gnome.
Flight, June 8, 1912.
A.C. OF AMERICA AERO SHOW.
By LIEUT. GUY HILHOUSE, R.N.
Perhaps the most interesting exhibit is an entirely new and novel design Gallaudet monoplane, which although not yet perfected, has had several trials. It is fitted with a 14-cylinder, 120-h.p. Gnome, and has frequently attained a speed of 105 miles per hour. It was built and designed by two brothers, Gallaudet, at Norwich, Connecticut, and is of great strength. A hollow Vanadium steel tube of 34 in. diameter, and 3/16 in. thick runs clear through the centre of each wing and right across the fuselage. In addition, the wings are exceptionally strongly stayed against upward or downward pressures. There is an original device for altering the angle of incidence of the wings from the driver's seat, so variable speed can be obtained with an even keel. The whole landing chassis body and fuselage are built up of hollow 3 per cent, nickel-steel tubing, and are entirely enclosed with sheer aluminium and silk covering. The Gnome engine is in the usual place in front, but a 3-bladed "Paragon" propeller is placed right behind the stern rudders giving the whole machine a flying-fish-like appearance. Lateral balance is secured by warping, the arrangement being inside the wing and controlled through pedals, or it may be left to the automatic action of the cross-connections and the machine's fundamental stability, the tail and the rudder are operated by a single hand lever. All machines are designed to carry two persons and have double controls, and the whole machine is built of steel.
It will take part in the Gordon Bennett race at Chicago this year, which experts here confidently assert it will win.