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Lane Single-seat Monoplane
The Lane single-seat tractor monoplane was designed by Charles Lane and built during 1910 by Lane's British Aeroplanes Ltd., of 31 Foley Street, London, W. It was exhibited at the 1910 Olympia Aero Show, and after testing at Brooklands early in the year by Wilfred Foulis, a well-known Edinburgh motorist, was taken to Edinburgh during February for further trials and was found to fly well. In appearance, the Lane Monoplane resembled a Bleriot, but was fitted with a biplane tail consisting of a fixed tailplane with elevators above it. Variants built included one with a three-cylinder 25 h.p. Anzani engine and a Bleriot-style undercarriage. Alternative engines used were the four-cylinder 25 h.p. supercharged N.E.C. and the eight-cylinder 40 h.p. E.N.V. "D". Span, 30 ft. Length, 22 ft. Wing area, 160 sq. ft. Weight empty, 425 lb. Weight loaded, 650 lb. Cruising speed, 30 m.p.h. Price, ?500 with 25 h.p. N.E.C.
Lane Two-seat Monoplane
The Lane two-seat monoplane was designed by Charles Lane and was constructed by Lane's British Aeroplanes Ltd., 31 Foley Street, London, W. In some respects it resembled the Bleriot XIII and was on display at the Olympia Aero Show of 1910. The engine was the six-cylinder 60 h.p. N.E.C. which drove the 10 ft. 6 ins. propeller above it by a chain. The crew sat behind the engine and below the trailing-edge of the wings. A long dorsal fin extended along the top of the fuselage from the wings to the rudder, and the elevators were mounted separately from the tailplane, which was fixed a little way ahead below the fuselage. Span, 32 ft. Length, 22 ft. Wing area, 180 sq. ft. Weight empty, 760 lb. Weight loaded, 970 lb. Cruising speed, 30 m.p.h. Price, ?800.
Flight, March 12, 1910
THE SECOND OLYMPIA AERO SHOW.
Two monoplanes, one of 30-ft. spread, and the other of 36-ft. span, the former fitted with a 30-h.p. engine, and the latter a 60-h.p. engine, both of the N.E.C. type.
Flight, April 9, 1910
FLYER SILHOUETTES FROM OLYMPIA
THE LANE SINGLE-SEATER MONOPLANE.
Leading Particulars of the Lane Monoplane (Single-Seater).
General Dimensions.-Areas-Main planes, 195 sq. ft.; fixed tail, 21 sq. ft.; elevator, 18 sq. ft.; rudder, about 5 1/2 sq. ft.
Lengths.-Span, 30 ft.; chord, 6 ft. 6 ins.; camber, 4 3/4 ins., situated about 24 ins. from leading edge; leverage of rudder, 20 ft.; skid track, 6 ft.; overall length, 24 ft.
Angles.-Dihedral, 1 in 40.
Materials.-Chassis of wood; front carriage of wood and steel tubes.
Propeller.-Diameter, 7 ft.; pitch, 3 ft. 6 ins.
Weight.-Machine, 285 lbs.; engine, 165 lbs.; driver, oil, petrol and water, 200 lbs.; total flying weight, 650 lbs.; loading (all weight supported on main planes), 3.3 lbs. per sq. ft.
Speed of Flight.-30 m.p.h.
System of Control.-Warping of wings, rudder and elevator.
A MONOPLANE of modified Bleriot design, having the elevator situated above the fixed tail plane instead of forming the extremities of the tail plane, as is the case in the original Bleriot design. The framework is constructed of timber and forms an open lattice box-girder. An original method of anchoring the diagonal wire ties has been devised, which enables the anchor bolts themselves to be used for the purpose of straining the wires. The suspension of the chassis is also original, elastic springs being anchored to the frame a considerable distance behind the pilot's seat. The machine is mounted upon a pair of wheels, each of which is carried in a special design of triple fork mounted on swiveling bracket.
THE LANE DOUBLE-SEATER MONOPLANE.
Leading Particulars of the Lane Monoplane (Double- Seater).
General Dimensions.-Areas-Main planes, 250 sq. ft.; elevator, 25 sq. ft.; rudder, 7 sq. ft.
Lengths.-Span, 36 ft. 6 ins.; chord, 7 ft. 10 ins.; camber, 7 1/4 ins., situated about 30 ins. from leading edge; skid track, 6 ft.; overall length, 24 ft.
Angle.-Dihedral, 1 in 38.
Materials.-Chassis of wood, front carriage of wood and steel tubes.
Propeller.-Diameter, 8 ft. 8 ins.; pitch, 4 ft. 6 ins.
Weight.-Machine, 550 lbs.; engine, 220 lbs.; driver, oil, petrol and water, 200 lbs.; total flying weight, 970 lbs.; loading (all weight supported on main planes), 3.9 lbs. per sq. ft.
Speed of Flight.-30 m.p.h.
System of control.-Warping of wings, rudder and elevator.
THE Lane two-seater was the only example of a monoplane constructed to carry two passengers that was exhibited at Olympia. Its design follows more or less closely on the lines of the single-seated model, the frame being constructed of timber and having the same system of wire straining. The basis of the design is the original Bleriot two-seated monoplane. The engine is situated low down immediately in front of the pilot's seat, and drives a large two-bladed tractor screw by means of a vertical chain. The propeller-shaft is carried on brackets attached to the main frame but is also stayed to the engine crank-shaft by an adjustable strut.