The Aeronautical Syndicate Ltd, founded in June
1909 at Larkhill on Salisbury Plain by Horatio
Barber, was one of the world's first aircraft manufacturing
companies. After an unsuccessful attempt with
a tractor design, where two propellers were driven by
chains from a fuselage-mounted engine, Barber
designed and built some 30 Valkyrie tail-first canard
monoplanes including the single-seat Valkyrie A, the
lighter Valkyrie B for two passengers, powered by a
50hp Gnome engine, and the three-seat Valkyrie C.
|Clifford Wright, 17.09.2010|
Does anyone know why Barber added the "blinkers" for forward side area? I fully understand that the original close in rudders may not have been adequate but the extras at the front are perhaps not so easily justified.
BTW I have an electric 75cm span RC model of the Valkyrie 1 which performs ok in still air.
|Les Whitehouse, 18.09.2007|
Run by Horatio Barber from sheds 5, 6 and 7 at Hendon, the ASL produced this aircraft design (by Barber) as their main production model. Here Barber is delivering an aerial cargo, a box of "Osram" electric light bulbs, to demonstrate that aircraft can be used to deliver urgent items and mail. The designer of Boulton & Paul Aircraft, J. D. North, was apprenticed to ASL and learned part of his trade on this design manufacture. About 30 no. one to three seat versions were made. ASL closed in April 1912 when both Barber and North moved to Grahame-White Co.
Do you have any comments about this aircraft ?