Avro I Biplane
1908
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Avro I Biplane

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Avro I Biplane


Specification 
 ENGINE1 x 24hp Antoinette
 WEIGHTS
    Take-off weight295 kg650 lb
    Empty weight159 kg351 lb
 DIMENSIONS
    Wingspan9.14 m30 ft 0 in
    Length7.01 m23 ft 0 in

Comments
Terrence I. Murphy, 08.02.2012

I sometimes have a hard telling from some of the old pictures if these early biplanes are pushers or pullers, or both? And which is the front and which is the back? Doing a little research, I found this info:(This is a pusher aircraft)

The Roe I Biplane (often later referred to as the Avro Biplane) was the first powered aircraft to be designed, built, and flown in England. Designed in an attempt to claim a prize offered by the Brooklands Automobile Racing Club, it was the brainchild of Alliott Verdon Roe, who based it on a powered model with which he had won a Daily Mail prize of 75 at Alexandra Palace in April 1907. This prize was substantially larger the club committee was putting up 2,500 for the first person to fly a circuit of their race track by the end of the year.
The Roe I Biplane was originally fitted with a 9 hp (7 kW) JAP engine, but its power proved insufficient to get the craft airborne, and 1907 slipped by with nobody able to claim the prize. Nevertheless, Roe continued work on his aircraft, borrowing a French Antoinette engine of 24 hp (18 kW) to use instead. With this motor, Roe was able to make several short hops in this aircraft, the first on 8 June 1908. Before anything further could be achieved, the aircraft was damaged beyond repair when Brooklands race track attendants dropped it while they were lifting it over a fence.

Terrence I. Murphy, 08.02.2012

I sometimes have a hard telling from some of the old pictures if these early biplanes are pushers or pullers, or both? And which is the front and which is the back? Doing a little research, I found this info:

The Roe I Biplane (often later referred to as the Avro Biplane) was the first powered aircraft to be designed, built, and flown in England. Designed in an attempt to claim a prize offered by the Brooklands Automobile Racing Club, it was the brainchild of Alliott Verdon Roe, who based it on a powered model with which he had won a Daily Mail prize of 75 at Alexandra Palace in April 1907. This prize was substantially larger the club committee was putting up 2,500 for the first person to fly a circuit of their race track by the end of the year.
The Roe I Biplane was originally fitted with a 9 hp (7 kW) JAP engine, but its power proved insufficient to get the craft airborne, and 1907 slipped by with nobody able to claim the prize. Nevertheless, Roe continued work on his aircraft, borrowing a French Antoinette engine of 24 hp (18 kW) to use instead. With this motor, Roe was able to make several short hops in this aircraft, the first on 8 June 1908. Before anything further could be achieved, the aircraft was damaged beyond repair when Brooklands race track attendants dropped it while they were lifting it over a fence.

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