Progress of flight 1910

A  fragment from the Flight Magazine October 1910: Flight Magazine October 1910 p821_02I’d love to know what sky hook Gamage’s supplied for the scientific flight at Wimbledon. They were exporting kites by Brookite, Skylark and ‘Finbat’ War kites (a keeled diamond with slit vents..nothing like the S F Cody’s mighty lifter) to NZ too:

Christchurch Star NZ 7th Jan 1910

The term ‘scientific kite flying’ is very much of the time as developing aeroplane design from kite experiment was the way forward. On 23rd January, 1909, forty enthusiasts met at the Caxton Hall, London to form “The Kite Flying Association of the United Kingdom” and a prize for the best flight made by the most scientifically constructed kite was offered by Major Baden-Powell. I can imagine the competition was fierce.

Gammages Photog Cat 1912 p772Hamish Fenton kindly posted the above: from page 772 of the 1912 Gammages catalogue.

By the time war came Gamage’s were supplying kite conveyors for leaflet distribution…

Gammage kite conveyor

It is suggested the conveyor should be lofted by a train of boxes, also supplied by Messrs Gammage. Perhaps this is the 1910 Wimbledon KAP lifter.

Flight magazine OCTOBER 16, 1909 KITE FLYING AT WIMBLEDON.

Two very interesting competitions were carried out on Wimbledon Common by the Kite Flying Association on Saturday last. The most important was the competition for the best suggested use to which a kite can be applied. Seven entries were received, and they would have included demonstrations of the Cody man-lifting kites, but the War Office refused permission for them to be used. This was, perhaps, a pity, as it would have given the general public an opportunity of actually seeing what could be done with these appliances.

After each competitor had demonstrated his suggestion, the Judges, Messrs. R. M. Balston, W. Bovill, C. Brogden, B. M. Uillman, H. E. Hughes, and W. H. Akehurst, came to the conclusion that

  • Mr. F. T. Pringeur was worthy of first prize for his display of signalling by the Morse code with the aid of a “Brookite” kite.
  • Mr. Charles Kruger, using a kite of his own design for life-saving from ship to shore, was awarded second prize ; and
  • Mr. W. Jones, using a Gamage quadroplane for kite photography, secured third prize.

Among the other demonstrations given was that of raising beacon flares as distress signals and aerial advertising. The prizes, distributed by Mrs. R. M. Balston, were

  • 1st, cheque, given by Mr. R. M. Balston;
  • 2nd, cheque, and a 30J. Brookite, given by Messrs. Brooke and Gillman ;
  • 3rd, silver medal with gold centre, given by the Council.

The above was preceded by a competition for boys for prizes given by the Aerial League.

There were 23 competitors, but the strong wind proved very trying to the youthful enthusiasts, and several had to make more than one attempt before they finally got the kites properly launched. A large number of the owners were in the uniform of B. P. Scouts, while three of the prize winners were members of an aero club attached to Arundel House School, Surbiton. This is one of the oldest of school aero clubs, and has had a very successful career. K. Mann and R. Griffins, both using quadroplanes, the former one of his own make, were bracketed equal for the first prize. C. Ridley, with a winged box-kite, was placed third, and K. C. Scarf fourth. As only three prizes were available, Mr. E. Goddard, one of the Judges, presented a consolation prize of 10s. 654

3rd Prize for KAP eh, its a wonder it caught on…

So was the 1910 big plate KAP rig lifted by a Gammage Quadroplane?


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