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5 Mar 1914. Thursday.



After the excitement of the first flight, on either the 23 or 25 February, Harry Busteed had continued his trials, and both he and Frank Barnwell will have been very happy with the top speed  – no less than 97.5mph, which was more than a match for the Royal Aircraft Factory’s SE2 and the Sopwith Tabloid.

But presumably he reported that it was a bit of a beast to handle on the ground, with its high landing speed and narrow track undercarriage.

Frank then had to go back to the management to obtain a new works order to carry out the necessary modifications. Presumably they must have been satisfied that the project was worth pursuing, and from now on the work came under GO2447 instead of GO2347, and this is the first time I can find reference to the word Scout; previous sketches made no reference to which aircraft they referred to. From here on in, it’s called the Scout Biplane.

Today’s sketches, 579 & 580, deal with amendments to the wing spars, and while there’s not a lot of detailed information on them, we can see that the purpose of the exercise was to increase the length and width of the wings, in order to make it a bit slower for landing. Nothing was done to the fuselage, which meant that although the wings were completely rebuilt, the distance between the spars had to remain the same so that they would fit onto the fuselage attachment points.

580 Aileron Ribs for Larger Wings 5 III 14

580 Aileron Ribs for Larger Wings 5 III 14


579 Special Ribs for Larger Wing

579 Special Ribs for Larger Wing

One Comment
  1. Brian and Hope Kenney permalink

    David I have a Bristol Scout sketch from that book I was telling you about but don’t know if it is a C or D model. Not muc,h but you should see it.

    email me and I will send it to you (brian dot kenney at live dot ca)

    Brian and Hope Kenney

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