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British Matchless

British Matchless


History

Arthur Phillips, (b. 1872 in Ollerton, Shropshire – d. ??), an engineer and cycle maker of Queen Street, Market Drayton, invented a convertiplane in 1908, referred to as the British Matchless convertiplane, presumably a reference to the intended powerplant. The machine was covered by his patent, No. 28,119, ‘Improvements in or appertaining to Machines for Navigating the Air’ of 1908.

The machine was built in scale form with a Douglas motor cycle engine and was flown on several occasions tethered by a rope. A seven-cylinder two-stroke engine of 12hp was to be fitted and this, together with the structure of the machine, is apparently still to be seen in the Shuttleworth Collection.

Company References
  1. British Aircraft Before The Great War, Michael H. Goodall and Albert E. Tagg (Schiffer Publishing Ltd., 2001)
  2. Ancestry.com



Project Data top

Project No
Type No
Name
Alternative Name(s)
Year
Spec
Status
Qty
Description
References
         1908    Proj  0  1S convertiplane  1

Project References
  1. British Aircraft Before The Great War, Michael H. Goodall and Albert E. Tagg (Schiffer Publishing Ltd., 2001)



Production Data top

None

   Total British Matchless Production     0   

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