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Roe I Triplane Aircraft Information

Roe I Triplane

I Triplane

Warbird Picture - A replica Roe I Triplane, at an event to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the all British

Picture - A replica Roe I Triplane, at an event to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the all British "first flight" on Walthamstow Marshes

Role: Experimental aircraft
Manufacturer: Alliott Verdon Roe
Designed by: Alliott Verdon Roe
First flight: 5 June 1909 (but sources differ as to which attempt should first be regarded as a "flight")
Number built: 4

The Roe I Triplane (often later referred to as the Avro Triplane) was an early aircraft, the first all-British aircraft to fly (Roe's previous biplane had a French engine). It featured not only a triplane wing, but a triplane tail as well. It was of extremely flimsy construction; financial hardship compelled Roe to use wood for structural elements where he would have preferred steel, and the wings and fuselage were paper-covered. Roe nicknamed the aircraft The Blues after the braces manufactured by his brother's firm that had helped pay for it. Beginning on 5 June 1909, he made a series of short hops on the Walthamstow Marshes (then in Essex, but now within the London Borough of Waltham Forest). The triplane's wings were damaged by crashes during these attempts, but Roe persevered.

On 13 July, he achieved a flight of 100 ft (30 m), and ten days later, one of 900 ft (280 m). With confidence building, he swapped the original 6 hp (5 kW) JAP motorcycle engine for a 24 hp (18 kW) Antoinette. With this engine, he piloted the aircraft on several short flights at the Blackpool Meeting in October before it was damaged beyond repair in a crash at Wembley on 24 December.

Roe constructed three more machines to this design, powering them with ever-larger JAP engines. On 12 July 2009, an event was held on Walthamstow Marshes to commemorate the first all British flight under the auspices of the Royal Aeronautical Society, with several generations of Roe's family in attendance. A new historic marker was unveiled on the northern entrance to Roe's former workshops in the railway arches.

Specifications

Airplane Picture - A replica 6 HP JAP motorcycle engine

Picture - A replica 6 HP JAP motorcycle engine

General characteristics

Crew: one pilot
Length: 23 ft 0 in (7 m)
Wingspan: 20 ft 0 in (6 m)
Wing area: 285 ft (26.5 m)
Empty weight: 300 lb (140 kg)
Gross weight: 450 lb (200 kg)
Powerplant: 1 x JAP, 20 hp (15 kW) each

Performance

Maximum speed: 25 mph (40 km/h)
Range: ⅓ miles (0.5 km)

Examples

One example is preserved at the Science Museum in London. The Museum of Science and Industry in Manchester has a full-scale replica on display, made by apprentices in 1952 to resemble it as it appeared in 1909 at the Blackpool Aviation Meeting.

Airplane Picture - Replica in Museum of Science and Industry, Manchester

Picture - Replica in Museum of Science and Industry, Manchester

Taylor, Michael J. H. (1989). Jane's Encyclopedia of Aviation. London: Studio Editions. pp. 90.
World Aircraft Information Files. London: Bright Star Publishing. pp. File 889 Sheet 92.
britishaircraft.co.uk

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