JOHAN VISSCHEDIJK COLLECTION
No. 12348. de Bolotoff SDEB 14 (G-EAKC c/n 14)
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de Bolotoff SDEB 14

02/28/2014. Remarks by Johan Visschedijk: "On 5 October 1908, the British newspaper Daily Mail offered a reward of 1,000 pounds sterling to the first aviator to fly cross the English Channel. Aviator Prince Serge Vincent de Bolotoff (claimed to be the fifth man in the world to fly in a powered airplane) was the first to announce his intention to earn the reward. However, he equipped his Voisin triplane with an 110 hp Panhard et Levassor engine, heavily underpowered, it failed to get off the ground (reportedly at Chalons, France), and subsequently de Bolotoff gave up.

In the February 10, 1912 issue of Flight (world's oldest continuously published aviation magazine) is stated that de Bolotoff "... will be remembered as having taken a practical part in aviation in the early days ", while also is stated " that the very closely-guarded construction of a biplane is proceeding under cover in the grounds of the residence of Princess Wiasemsky at Upper Norwood to the designs of Prince de Bolotoff ". However, there is no report this aircraft actually was finished.

In 1913, while living at Reigate Priory, Reigate, Kent, UK, de Bolotoff designed and built a large Goupy-type triplane at Brooklands Aerodrome, Weybridge. A gust of wind blew it over during taxi tests in November 1913, and it was damaged, subsequently it was abandoned.

After WW I, de Bolotoff constructed and flew an attractive two-seat biplane at Sundridge Aerodrome on Coombe Bank Farm at Sundridge, near Sevenoaks, Kent, UK. It was advertized in the 1919 edition of Jane's All the World's Aircraft as "SDEB 14 General Utility Type (designed by Serge de Bolotoff), de Bolotoff, Ltd., Engineers". The aircraft was powered by a 200 hp Curtiss eight-cylinder water-cooled geared engine, had a span of ca. 36 ft. On August 14, 1919 it was registered as G-EAKC (c/n 14) to de Bolotoff & Co."

Created February 28, 2014