M.Goodall, A.Tagg British Aircraft before the Great War (Schiffer)
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P.Lewis British Aircraft 1809-1914 (Putnam)
The Mitchell Hydro-biplane was constructed at Gillingham, Kent, during the early part of 1914 by the three Mitchell brothers. The machine was a tractor powered by a Mors automobile engine of 100 h.p. The undercarriage consisted of two main floats, augmented by another at the tail. During testing the aircraft nosed over in the water. Span, 37 ft. Weight empty, 1,050 lb.
Flight, June 26, 1914.
Waterplaning is not, evidently, to be regarded as the sport of the well-to-do, as I hear that the three brothers Mitchell are having an excellent time at Gillingham in Kent, with a machine which they have constructed from their own designs. This machine is a biplane having a span of 37 ft. and 34 ft. for the upper and lower planes respectively - the chord being 4 ft. 6 ins. and the gap 6 ft. At present a 100 h.p. Mors engine is fitted, and the machine when empty weighs 1,050 lbs. Three floats are employed - two main and one tail float - the former, which weigh 50 lbs. each, being rigidly attached to the struts from the body, and tied together by the cross-member seen in the photograph. Ailerons are fitted between the main planes. The machine has not yet been flown, owing to the fact that the locality is within one of the restricted areas, but "taxying" has been freely indulged in. On the last occasion, however, misfortune awaited them, happily without serious results, as the crowd, holding on to the tail, let go before the pilot was ready, with the result depicted in the photograph.