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Tatin monoplane

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M.Goodall, A.Tagg British Aircraft before the Great War (Schiffer)


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A.Andrews. The Flying Machine: Its Evolution through the Ages (Putnam)


If Alphonse Penaud, 1850-1880, was a shooting star, his compatriot Victor Tatin, 1843-1913, was a stayer whose career spanned every phase of mans final soaring into flight yet could not notch one clear triumph. He was making rubber-driven ornithopters when Penaud was producing his grand design of the amphibious monoplane. By 1879 he had produced a famous model monoplane, though not so graceful or influential as Penauds first success, which worked by compressed air. Between 1890 and 1897 he successfully tested a large twin (tandem)-screw monoplane driven by steam. In the next decade he became a Grand Old Man and cheer leader for the French aeroplane constructors in their rivalry with the Wrights. He sponsored an unsuccessful monoplane, the Tatin-De-La-Vaulx, in 1907, and a striking streamlined aircraft, the Tatin-Paulhan Aero-Torpille, in 1911. Victor Tatin, very typical of the keen engineer who never bothered to abandon machinery for a sabbatical year and study actual flight, maintained an enthusiasm for 40 years yet never once saw any of his full-size machines achieve more than a hop before crashing.

L.Opdyke - French Aeroplanes Before the Great War /Schiffer/
De la Vaulx tested and crashed this second big Tatin machine in 1907.
L.Opdyke - French Aeroplanes Before the Great War /Schiffer/
View of the big Tatin twin-prop model of 1890, before covering. Note the steam boiler.
L.Opdyke - French Aeroplanes Before the Great War /Schiffer/
View of the big Tatin twin-prop model of 1890, after covering.
- Flight 1912 .
THE FORERUNNER OF THE "AERO-TORPEDO." - The model, driven by compressed air, with which Tatin experimented at Chalais-Meudon in 1870.
Thirty-eight years of endeavour span Victor Tatins major productions of aircraft design. His practical 6ft wing-span twin-screw model monoplane of 1879 was powered by compressed air contained in the barrel forming the fuselage. Having flown for 15m, it probably represents Tatins most undisputed achievement in his long aeronautical career.