M.Goodall, A.Tagg British Aircraft before the Great War (Schiffer)
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ARMSTRONG monoplane (Gordon Armstrong, Beverley, near Hull, Yorkshire)
No doubt inspired by Bleriot's Channel flight, the monoplane built by Gordon Armstrong, resembled a Bleriot XI in general layout and its use of the 35hp Anzani fan type radial. The levered type suspension and the tip elevators were similar features but the rest of the aircraft appeared to be of original conception.
The fuselage was a triangular section open girder structure with a single bottom longeron, the three longerons curving to a point at the extreme rear. There was no fin and the rectangular shaped rudder was hinged on a vertical post, braced by a diagonal strut. The tail was supported by a flexible strip, clamped to the bottom longeron.
The monoplane was housed at the East Riding Garage and tested at Beverley Westwood on 26 August 1910 and 2 September 1910, damage occurring on both occasions. The machine complete with engine was offered for sale in February 1912.
From small beginnings at Beverley, Armstrong shock absorbers were developed for cars, together with other engineering products, forming the basis of a large engineering company with several factories in Britain and overseas.