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Bousson-Borgnis Auto-Aviateur

Страна: Франция

Год: 1908

Bourgoin et Kessels - Aerobus - 1912 - Франция<– –>Boutaric - biplane - 1909 - Франция

L.Opdyke French Aeroplanes Before the Great War (Schiffer)


  In 1901 Firmin Bousson built his first machine, described as a dirigible equipped with flapping wings. He was assisted - presumably unsuccessfully - by Achille and Paul Borgnis, and the 3 stayed together building kites and models; on 19 August 1908 they put out another complicated machine, the Auto-Aviateur. A tail structure of 4 uprights supported a high short upper wing with a longer lower wing close beneath it and shorter third wing below that; the floor of the tower held the pilot and the 34 hp Buchet driving a large 4-blade pusher propeller. A pair of long curved outriggers supported a pair of forward horizontal surfaces in tandem, the front single one a canard, the rear divided pair acting as a control surface; a large vertical surface between the outriggers served as fin. The machine was modified at least once; it may have been the second canard built after Santos-Dumont's.
  In 1909 Bousson alone built a large triplane glider which succeeded in remaining for "one hour in the air, 200 meters high." The pilot sat low in an uncovered box frame fuselage fitted with a biplane tailplane with 2 rudders set between; control was through a large rectangular forward elevator.

Jane's All The World Aircraft 1913 /Jane's/
The big Bousson-Borgnis canard, the Auto-Aviateur of 1908.
Jane's All The World Aircraft 1913 /Jane's/
L.Opdyke - French Aeroplanes Before the Great War /Schiffer/
The Bousson-Borgnis firm followed the Auto-Aviateur with this big triplane glider in 1909; he claimed to have flown in it for an hour.