M.Goodall, A.Tagg British Aircraft before the Great War (Schiffer)
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MARTIN-HANDASYDE pusher biplane
This aircraft was being built in the spring of 1914, and was entered for the Aerial Derby starting at Hendon on 6 June 1914 to be flown by Guy Blatherwick. The machine was not completed in time and construction seems to have been abandoned. A silhouette by Geoffrey Watson, and a brief description, showed a typical pusher biplane of the time, with tail unit carried on booms converging together in plan. The wings were of unequal span, the top having considerable overhang. A 65hp Antoinette engine was mounted in the rear of the nacelle. Steel tubing was used in the construction of the booms and the undercarriage.
P.Lewis British Aircraft 1809-1914 (Putnam)
Martin-Handasyde Pusher Biplane
This unusual venture for Martin-Handasyde was built during 1914 and used a 65 h.p. Antoinette engine; the fuselage structure was formed from steel tubing. The machine was entered for the 1914 Aerial Derby, in which it was to have been flown by J. Blatherwick, but was not ready in time to take part in the race.
Flight, May 22, 1914.
THE AERIAL DERBY.
THE PILOTS AND HOW TO RECOGNISE THE MACHINES.
No. 5. The 65 h.p. Martinsyde Biplane
looks somewhat similar to the Henry Farman biplane when in the air, but may be differentiated from the latter machine by means of its chassis, which has no skids, and by the different shape of its tail planes.
THE MACHINES AND HOW TO RECOGNISE THEM.
No. 5. The 65 h.p. Martinsyde Biplane. - Although this machine follows more or less standard practice as regards its general arrangement, its performance will be watched with interest, since it is the first time that it appears in public. It is built of steel practically throughout, with the exception of the wings and the engine bearers. The engine used is a 65 h.p. Antoinette, mounted in the rear of the nacelle.