M.Goodall, A.Tagg British Aircraft before the Great War (Schiffer)
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P.Lewis British Aircraft 1809-1914 (Putnam)
Smith and Mateyka Biplane
The Smith and Mateyka Biplane was built during 1910, and featured wings in which the upper planes were straight and the tips of the lower planes curved upwards to meet the upper tips. The machine was a canard with a biplane elevator at the front. The design was based on the successful performance of several small competition rubber-powered models made by G. P. Bragg Smith.
Flight, April 15, 1911.
MODEL PRIZE WINNERS AT OLYMPIA.
1st Prize, Workmanship.
G. P. BRAGG SMITH (NO. 50)
A 1 1/2 in. scale model of a full-sized machine in course of construction. The principal feature of this machine Consists in the lower planes being so curved that the extremities join those of the upper horizontal plane, the theory being that as the machine tilts laterally a greater projected surface is presented on the side that needs it most, i.e., the lower. Other features are as follows :- Main planes can be bodily removed from the fuselage, and the under-carriage is also easily dismantled. The pilot's seat is situated high up behind the engine between the main planes. The propeller is at the rear, and there is a fixed monoplane right in front; this latter, which has a dihedral angle, can be adjusted. Just behind the leading plane is the elevator, which is in line with the middle of the gap. The fuselage is purposely kept narrow so that the head resistance is concentrated as near the centre as possible. Situated at the front of the fuselage is a very neat skid carrying a running wheel, which would prevent any damage occurring should the machine come down head first.