Wonders of World Aviation

Part 13

Part 13 of Wonders of World Aviation was published on Tuesday 31st May 1938, price 7d.

This part included a colour plate showing Henson’s proposed aeroplane. It formed part of the article on The First Powered Aeroplane.

The Cover

This week’s cover picture, from a Flight photograph, shows a De Havilland Dragonfly aircraft during a test flight. The Dragonfly seats five, and at sea level has a maximum speed of about 145 miles an hour.

a De Havilland Dragonfly aircraft during a test flight

Contents of Part 13

Geoffrey de Havilland

(Part 2)

Progress to Solo Flying

Airscrews and Their Design

Air Transport in Canada

The London-Manchester Race

The First Powered Aeroplane

The First Powered Aeroplane

(colour plate)

The Aeroplane Proposed by Henson in 1842

THE AEROPLANE PROPOSED BY HENSON in his patent of 1842. Power was to be obtained from a light steam engine to drive paddle wheels or other propellers. The design was for a huge monoplane built of bamboo and hollow wooden spars braced with wires. This illustration shows the completed machine as seen from below, and the framework of the machine as seen from above. There are three spars running the whole length of the wings. The centre spar is of rectangular section; the outer two are of oval section and taper towards their ends. Sections at the centres and ends of the tapering spars are shown in the inset. This inset also shows plan and side views of a turnbuckle used to tighten the bracing wires.

The Aeroplane Proposed by Henson in 1842

Contents of Part 13

Tests of Flying Fitness

(Part 1)