K.Molson, H.Taylor Canadian Aircraft since 1909 (Putnam)
Pepper Brothers Biplane
George Pepper had been born near Addison, Ontario, and moved to western Canada with his family. Later, he went to San Francisco, and on his return home to Davidson, Saskatchewan, probably late in 1909, persuaded his brother ‘Ace’ to join him in making some aeronautical experiments with models, beginning in early 1910 at Regina, where ‘Ace’ was living. About July 1910 they both went to live with their parents at Davidson and began the design and construction of a full-size aircraft, taking about a year, and supported financially by local citizens.
Their aircraft was a small, lightly-constructed, tractor biplane powered by a 20/30 hp Detroit Aero engine. It had single acting ailerons on the upper wing only and an all-moving horizontal tailplane. Its structure was of wood and bamboo except for the undercarriage and engine mounting which were of steel tubing.
An attempt to fly on 14 July. 1911, by George Pepper from a rough pasture was too much for the machine, and the undercarriage collapsed, breaking the propeller. After repairs, on 1 August George again tried to fly the aircraft, this time from a local racecourse. He took off and rose 25-30 ft, but a gust tipped the machine. Having no flying experience, George was unable to right the aircraft, and in the resulting crash he was not injured, but the aircraft was badly smashed. No attempt was made to repair the aircraft and the brothers made no further attempts to fly.
No other details of the aircraft are known.