L.Opdyke French Aeroplanes Before the Great War (Schiffer)
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Subsequent Sanchez-Besa machines were patterned on the Voisins of the period; Voisin had worked for Sanchez-Besa until at least 1913. His influence even on the Sanchez-Besa Type E monoplane, actually the Sommer Type F, was reported after the 1913 Salon.
Three Sanchez-Besas were shown in 1912, all biplanes. The first is likely to have been built in 1911 as a military type, very similar to 2 earlier Voisin-designed military biplanes: unequal-span wings had hanging ailerons on the top only, the 2 pilots sat in tandem in a streamlined covered nacelle made partly of steel tubing; the single rudder was set under a monoplane tailplane. The machine rested on 4 wheels. The machine was better known as a seaplane, mounted on 2 floats, the nacelle now uncovered: it flew at many contests, notably Monaco and St Malo. 2 were reported delivered to Chile in March, but it was also reported that 2 biplanes delivered to Chile were Voisins.
(Span: 15 m; length: 9 m; useful load: 110 kg; 80 hp water-cooled Canton-Unne)
The third Sanchez-Besa design was also a Voisin-type pusher seaplane, similar to but larger than the previous one; the tail-booms came together at the tail in plan view, instead of being parallel like the Monaco machine. Benoit flew it at the Tamise meet in Belgium at the end of the summer of 1912. It carried 3.
(Span: 16.4 m; length: 10.11 m; wing area: 60 sqm; empty weight: 900 kg; 100 hp Renault)
Jane's All The World Aircraft 1913
SANCHEZ BESA. 2 avenue de Villiers, Paris.
Model and date. 1912 1912 1913
Hydro-biplane. Hydro-biplane. Hydro-biplane.
Length...........feet (m.) 34 (10.40) ... 32-3/4 (10)
Span.............feet (m.) 54 (16.40) 55-3/4 (17) 54-3/4 (16.60)
Area........sq. feet (m?.) 646 (60) ... 646 (60)
Weight, total...lbs.(kgs.) 1984 (900) ... 1102 (500)
useful....lbs.(kgs.) ... ... ...
Motor.................h.p. 100 Renault 70 Renault 70 Renault
Speed,max......m.p.h.(km.) 56 (90) ... 50 (80)
Endurance.............hrs. 5 5 6
Number built during 1912 3 1 1
Notes.--Wood and steel construction.
Controls.--Ailerons and rear elevators. Floats: The first has two and the second three floats. The 1913 model has a single boat body mounted on wheels.
Flight, June 8, 1912.
FOREIGN AVIATION NEWS.
Along the Seine In an Hydro-Aeroplane.
ON the Sanchez Besa hydro-biplane, Benoit on the 30th ult. flew from St. Germain to Issy, following the course of the River Seine, and covering 50 kiloms. in 35 minutes.