No. 12656. Handley Page H.P.7 Type G
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Handley Page H.P.7 Type G

12/29/2014. Remarks by Johan Visschedijk: "The Type G biplane of 1913 followed the basic design concept of the earlier monoplanes in having the crescent-wing planform which gave the aeroplanes inherent longitudinal stability. The tandem two-seat fuselage of the Type G was mounted approximately midway between the wings and the empennage was basically similar to that of the Type E monoplane. The upper wing of the new biplane was similar to that of the monoplane but the wing-warping system used previously was now replaced by ailerons. The two-blade propeller was driven directly by a ten-cylinder Anzani of 100 hp.

The aircraft was officially tested at the Royal Aircraft Factory aerodrome at Farnborough on December 11, 1913, by staff pilot E.Ronald Whitehouse, and proved capable of carrying two passengers as well as the pilot presumably in somewhat cramped conditions. Acquired in May, 1914, by W. Rowland Ding, the Type G was used by him to make a journey which was perhaps the first taxi flight to the European Continent. The outward flight took place on May 21,1914, when Ding took off from Hendon with Princess Ludwig von Lowenstein-Wertheim as passenger, to fly her to Calais, from whence the Princess continued her journey to Paris by train. Ding flew back to Hendon the next day, making a refueling stop at Staplehurst, Kent.

At the outbreak of war in 1914 the Type G, in common with many other privately owned aeroplanes, was impressed into service by the Admiralty, and with the serial number 892 was used as a trainer, first at the RNAS station at Hendon and later at Chingford to where the aircraft from Hendon were moved in 1915. While with the Admiralty the rather flimsy twin wheel and skid undercarriage was replaced by a more substantial V-braced arrangement without skids, the ventral fuselage fairing extended, and the rudder enlarged.

Because of the aircraft's inherent stability it was not a good machine on which pupils could learn the "feel" of an aeroplane's controls and it was crashed and written-off in August, 1915 by a pupil who relied rather too much on this stability. Prior to this crash the Type G had been used for advanced instruction and also for observation patrols, on which the pilot was armed with a Webley revolver.

Created December 29, 2014