M.Goodall, A.Tagg British Aircraft before the Great War (Schiffer)
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P.Lewis British Aircraft 1809-1914 (Putnam)
Pickering and Willoughby Glider
The tail-first Pickering and Willoughby Glider was built by Charles Leigh Pickering and Norman Dean Willoughby at Knutsford, Cheshire, during 1911. Span, 26 ft. Length, 20 ft.
Flight, September 2, 1911.
A Valkyrie Type Glider.
The enclosed photograph represents the unaided work of my son and his friend, aged 16 and 15 respectively. They take more than a keen interest in aviation, and have during their holidays the last year or so built successful models of most of the various types of biplanes and monoplanes. They have now tried something on a larger scale, viz., a glider, obtaining their idea from your scale drawing of a Valkyrie monoplane, on page 273 of your issue of April 1st, 1911. The dimensions of the glider are - span of plane 26 ft., length 20 ft., breadth of body 6 ft. The planes are covered with strong proofed and sized cloth. The machine is substantially built, easily assembled, convenient to transport, and only cost, for the raw material, about 25s. The builders, Charles Leigh Pickering and Norman Dean Willoughby, are now waiting for a suitable breeze and at least a "flight." The machine took about a fortnight to build.
Knutsford. ROBERT L. PICKERING.