Flying ? Machines (1)

John Collins (Nottage)

The Wivenhoe Flyer.
Nottage Maritime Institute 04335.21

The Wivenhoe Flyer was a biplane flying boat.  This machine was partly constructed by Forrestts and completed in 1908 for Jack Edmond Humphreys.  It is possible that only the hull and floats were built by Forrestts but it is more than likely that the skilled craftsmen in the boat building department had a bigger hand in it than that.  Unfortunately the flyer didn’t, for it failed to take off.

The shipyard also had a part in building Jack Humphrys’ second attempt in 1910, the Airyplane, an amphibious aeroplane.  With a wingspan of 35′ and a 30′ length and a weight of 1750lb, but only a 35hp motor, it is not surprising that it too, was unsuccessful.

 

This page was added on 25/03/2015.

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