Philips Multiplane
1904
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Philips Multiplane

British inventor Horatio Phillips advanced the science of aerodynamics in the 1880s with his careful study of airfoil surfaces. Unfortunately, in his aerial experiments he concentrated on airfoils - as many as possible, it would seem - to the exclusion of pretty much everything else. From 1893 he produced a variety of 'multiplanes', beginning with a 50-wing coal-fired machine that predictably failed to become airborne. The slightly more conventional (20-wing) 1904 Multiplane actually achieved one hop of 15m, but in 1907 he returned to a version of the 1893 machine with a petrol engine. Some sources say this made a straight-line flight of 152m, which would have been the first powered flight in Britain. If so, it didn't inspire Phillips to greater heights, as he gave up at this point, having spent GBP4000, mainly on wings.


Specification 
 ENGINE1 x 22hp Phillips piston engine
 WEIGHTS
    Take-off weight272 kg600 lb
 DIMENSIONS
    Length4.20 m14 ft 9 in
    Height3.10 m10 ft 2 in
 PERFORMANCE
    Max. speed55 km/h34 mph

Comments
sebastian, 19.02.2016

This was the first aircraft to break the 4 minute mile. Not a lot of people know that.

Mike Chisvo, 17.02.2016

Hi, I currently trying to characterize the flight performance of this plane for my university dissertation. I keep coming across differing accounts for the geometry and distance.

Could you tell me your sources for the specification?

I will make sure to update you when i have my cad models and CFD results of you are interested.

beifanuli, 18.06.2011

Are the composite materials used in making proccess?
mohsen razmi

, 18.06.2011

Philips Multiplane
1904

mohsen razmi, 07.12.2010

hi... but I realy think that it is able to be made very lighter than this.
Are the composite materials used in making proccess?
mohsen razmi

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