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Aeroplane Building and Flying Society

Aeroplane Building & Flying Society


History

The Aeroplane Building & Flying Society was formed in June 1910 in London by J.D. North, later of the Grahame-White and Boulton Paul companies, as Chairman and H.A Myers as Hon. Sec. (pro tem), until the appointment of W. Le Maltre. Members of the Flying Society built at least two gliders in 1910: North designed a biplane glider with forward tailplane, and a monoplane glider was built by Myers (which may have been attributed to both North and Myers), both being built at the Societies Hammersmith workshop. Later that year, a flying ground was acquired at Kensal Rise Athletic Ground, an early home of Queens Park Rangers football club. The Kensal Rise ground did not possess a hill or slope suitable for gliding; as it was necessary for the Society to get over the difficulty, they evolved an inclined wire cable tramway to answer the purpose. Both machines were moved to Kensal Rise, where they seem to have flown successfully. Both machines were to have been fitted with engines. It is not known if the Myers machine flew as such, but a letter by North [6] implies that his did, along with a letter Flight [5] which shows the drive transmission.

The identity of Mr. Myers is uncertain: Flight [2] refers to 'H.A. Myers' (except on one occasion, H.B. Myers), while Goodall and Tagg [1] refer to an 'A.N. Myers'. This author has been unable to verify a suitable candidate for any of those.

Company References
  1. British Aircraft Before The Great War, Michael H. Goodall and Albert E. Tagg (Schiffer Publishing Ltd., 2001)
  2. Flight 4 Feb 1911
  3. Flight 8 Oct 1910
  4. Flight 17 Dec 1910
  5. Flight 17 Feb 1912
  6. The Aeroplane 14 Dec 1911 (letters)




Project Data top

Project No
Type No
Name
Alternative Name(s)
Year
Spec (Requirement)
Status
Qty
Description
References
     Myers Glider    1910    Proto  1  1S monoplane glider  1
     North Glider    1910    Proto  1  1S biplane glider  1,2,3
     North Biplane    1911    Proto  (1)  1S, 1E biplane  4

Project References
  1. British Aircraft 1809-1914, Peter Lewis (Putnam, 1962)
  2. British Aircraft Before The Great War, Michael H. Goodall and Albert E. Tagg (Schiffer Publishing Ltd., 2001)
  3. Flight 4 Feb 1911



Production Data

   Total Aeroplane Building & Flying Society Production     2   

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