Philips Multiplane


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Philips Multiplane

British inventor Horatio Phillips advanced the science of aerodynamics in the 1880s with his careful study of airfoil surfaces. Unfortunately, in his aerial experiments he concentrated on airfoils - as many as possible, it would seem - to the exclusion of pretty much everything else. From 1893 he produced a variety of 'multiplanes', beginning with a 50-wing coal-fired machine that predictably failed to become airborne. The slightly more conventional (20-wing) 1904 Multiplane actually achieved one hop of 15m, but in 1907 he returned to a version of the 1893 machine with a petrol engine. Some sources say this made a straight-line flight of 152m, which would have been the first powered flight in Britain. If so, it didn't inspire Phillips to greater heights, as he gave up at this point, having spent GBP4000, mainly on wings.

 ENGINE1 x 22hp Phillips piston engine
  Take-off weight272 kg600 lb
  Length4.20 m14 ft 9 in
  Height3.10 m10 ft 2 in
  Max. speed55 km/h34 mph

sebastian, 19.02.2016 00:50

This was the first aircraft to break the 4 minute mile. Not a lot of people know that.


Mike Chisvo, e-mail, 17.02.2016 17:15

Hi, I currently trying to characterize the flight performance of this plane for my university dissertation. I keep coming across differing accounts for the geometry and distance.

Could you tell me your sources for the specification?

I will make sure to update you when i have my cad models and CFD results of you are interested.


beifanuli, 18.06.2011 11:37

Are the composite materials used in making proccess?
mohsen razmi


mohsen razmi, e-mail, 07.12.2010 23:10

hi... but I realy think that it is able to be made very lighter than this.
Are the composite materials used in making proccess?
mohsen razmi


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