L.Opdyke French Aeroplanes Before the Great War (Schiffer)
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XXXIII Canard Bleu: The 70 hp Gnome for this big 2-seater canard was meant to be mounted amidships, driving the pusher propeller with a shaft; the whole machine rested on 4 wheels. But when the June 1912 tests proved unsuccessful, it was rebuilt with an 80 hp Gnome at the tail, and what looked like a standard Bleriot bedstead undercarriage, with a tall skid mounted forward. The nacelle was uncovered forward, with a long tapered boom carrying the forward elevator. A big triangular rudder was fitted aft of the propeller with another surface forward of the propeller: the 2 were braced together at the top. A third rectangular surface was mounted below the nacelle.
(Span: 10.5 m; length: 8 m; wing area: 24 sqm; weight: 330 kg; speed: 115 kmh; 70 hp Gnome)
Flight, December 14, 1912.
FOREIGN AVIATION NEWS.
Testing the Bleriot Canard.
ON Monday, M.Bleriot was at Buc personally superintending the tests of his new Canard machine. In rising from the ground, climbing, descending and landing, the machine proved to be very good, and some turnings were made in the air with the machine very steeply banked. During some of the tests M. Bleriot occupied the passenger's seat besides Perreyon, who was the pilot.
Flight, December 21, 1912.
Louis Bleriot has again been experimenting with a canard type of monoplane. This one, however, is a good deal different from the one he was testing at Hardelot some months ago. It is larger, for one thing, being built as a two-seater, and is fitted with a 70-h.p. Gnome motor, The fuselage is perhaps the most curious part of the machine. For about three-quarters of the total length of the fuselage it is a pure box-girder; the other quarter is formed by a pole, either of steel tubing or of the composite cork paper and linen construction that he used for the fuselage of this new machine at the Paris Show. This pole supports the forward "tail," which in design is similar to those with which the old "Crosschannel" type of monoplane were fitted. In the chassis, Bleriot has discarded his transverse leaf-spring idea in favour of his usual system of swivelling wheels mounted on deformable triangular supports. On this new canard, too, he has taken the rudder from the front of the machine and supported it on outriggers behind the propeller.
Flight, December 28, 1912.
FOREIGN AVIATION NEWS.
Tests with Bleriot Canard.
ON the 17th inst. Col. Bouttieaux paid a visit to Bile and made a trip with Perreyon on the new Bleriot Canard monoplane. He also had another flight on the following day and then expressed his satisfaction at the way the plane behaved in the air. The machine, which has a 80-h.p. Gnome motor is said to have a speed of 120 k.p.h.