M.Goodall, A.Tagg British Aircraft before the Great War (Schiffer)
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P.Lewis British Aircraft 1809-1914 (Putnam)
The Moonbeam was a single-seat tractor monoplane designed and built during 1910 by Rowland Moon of Southampton, Hants. It resembled the Demoiselle, and was fitted with tapering wings mounted on a fuselage of steel tubing. The engine was a four-cylinder 20 h.p. J.A.P. with a 6 ft. propeller. Span, 24 ft. Weight empty, 260 lb.
Flight, June 11, 1910
Thinking it a matter of some interest, I enclose you photos of my aeroplane ("Moonbeam"). It is a monoplane, built rather on the lines of the "Santos," though of light steel tubing, planes having a tapering chord and a span of 24 ft. A 4-cyl. 20-h.p. J.A.P. engine is fitted, and a 6-ft. wooden propeller.
The machine is manipulated from a single wheel, which is mounted on a spherical trunnion, thus taking all control.
The machine weighs about 260 lbs., of which 160 lbs. is engine and propeller.
I regret not having a photo of plane during flight, although several satisfactory flights have been made.
The machine has been under trial for some weeks. It was made in my own shops at Southampton.