Blackburn First Monoplane


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Blackburn First Monoplane

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tgtripple03gt, 08.11.2014 20:24

this was a horrabl aircraft talk about the fusealage


ron woliter, e-mail, 18.06.2014 20:12

Does anyone know where this First replica monoplane is to-day?


ron woliter, e-mail, 17.04.2014 18:32

where can this replica be seen to-day?


Robert Blackburn, e-mail, 16.11.2009 23:24

if at all possible, I'd like to see if someone could supply me with pictures of the cockpit interior of this aircraft, as I am constructing an 84" wingspan version
for radio control. send e mail to:


Joe Blackburn, e-mail, 15.11.2009 09:05

Sorry, Huw, but Mike is correct.
1912 is the date of the 'D' or Mercury production, from which the Shuttleworth machine was bought - but it was the 7th machine produced, the first of this version in 1910.
And It's the SECOND BB Monoplane - The first is the "Heavy Monoplane" from 1909. That one has essentially a "car" hung under the wing. Robert Blackburn crashed it in 1910, prompting the production of the "D".
So the picture here is of the Shuttleworth Blackburn Mercury, or "Type D Monoplane", designed in 1910, and this physical machine was no. 7, built in 1912.


Huw Wigmore, e-mail, 06.07.2009 18:13

The photo is of the 'D' type Blackburn Monoplane at the Shuttleworth collection, in which case 1912 is correct. It is the oldest british aircraft still flying. /shuttleworth_home.asp


mike1204, e-mail, 06.06.2009 17:30

Sorry, but your title date is incorrect.
The First Monoplane was a high-wing monoplane with the engine and pilot's seat located high on the fuselage. A cruciform tail was carried on an uncovered boom extending from the wing. The propeller was mounted on the wing's leading edge and driven by a chain to the 35hp (26kW) Green engine below.
Designed during a stay in Paris, construction began at Thomas Green & Sons engineering works at Leeds, where Robert Blackburn's father was general manager and was later relocated to workshop space in a small clothing factory. When completed, in April 1909, it was transported to the beach between Saltburn and Marske for testing. The first and only flight lasted for around one minute and ended in a crash, in which the aircraft was damaged beyond repair.
The sole example was destroyed, but a replica of the aircraft was constructed (with a covered tailboom) by members of the Brough Heritage Group (as is your photograph) and is presently displayed at the Brough Heritage Centre, East Yorkshire.


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