Photograph: The Bumblebee at Tumut, NSW (M Roodt) History: The Bumblebee is a biplane designed and built by Miichael Roodt and was initially fitted with a 39 kw (52 hp) Rotax 503 engine but this was replaced in 2021 with a 60 kw (80 hp) Jabiru 2200 four-cylinder engine. The
The White Der Jager is a single-seat light amateur-built biplane designed and market by White Aircraft, being designed by Marshall White, and is a development of the Stolp SA-500 Starlet, the intention being to make the aircraft similar in appearance to a World War I biplane.
The P R Breeze is a single-seat variant of the PR-582 Pocket Rocket using the basic Lightwing fuselage, but fitting it with a single parasol configuration wing and installing a range of Rotax engines, including the Models 582, 503 or 618 two strokes, or the Rotax 912 four-stroke.
The Whing Ding was designed by Mr R W Hovey as an ultra-light aircraft which would require minimal construction time, would have STOL performance, and capable of easy dis-assembly for transportation and storage.
In 1927 specification 26/27 was issued for a general purpose military aeroplane to be used for light bombing sorties, artillery observation patrols, reconnaissance and photographic work for the RAF and later target towing, and to meet this requirement the Wapiti was designed and built by the Westland Aircraft Works.
Photograph: Supermarine Seagull III A9-6 on Sydney Harbour c 1938 (RAAF Museum) Country of origin: United Kingdom Description: Amphibious reconnaissance biplane Power Plant: One 336 kw (450 hp) Napier Lion twelve-cylinder, broad-arrow, liquid-cooled engine Specifications: Wingspan: 14.0 m (46 ft) Length: 11.27 m (37 ft) Height: 3.65 m (12 ft)
In the late 1920s L J Wackett (later Sir) decided to design two aircraft for the RAAF, one to have a 149 kw (200-hp) radial engine, and the other to be a two-seat fighter with a 328 kw (440-hp) engine, to be known as the Warrigal I and Warrigal II.
The Singapore, the last biplane flying-boat built by Short, was designed for the RAF as a long-range general reconnaissance biplane, the first Singapore I (N179) flying in 1926, this aircraft being fitted with two 597 kw (800-hp) Rolls Royce H-10 engines.
The Tabloid was one of the outstanding aeroplanes produced in Great Britain before the beginning of World War I and, in the hands of Australian born test pilot Harry Hawker, caused a sensation at Hendon on 29 November 1913 when first demonstrated to the public.
In 1913 the Royal Aircraft Factory at Farnborough commenced the design of a series of aeroplanes suitable for reconnaissance, the aim being to produce a stable machine so the crew could concentrate on the task at hand.
The LVG series of aircraft was designed by Franz Schneider, and developed by Luft-Verkehrs Gesellschaft Johannistal (LVG), this company producing a series of unarmed reconnaissance and bomber aircraft during World War I, aircraft in this series forming part of the equipment of the German air force units at the outbreak
In 1934 the British Air Ministry foresaw the problems that may later occur in Europe and decided upon a major expansion programme for its military services, one of the fruits of this plan being the Hawker Hind light bomber, designed as an interim replacement for the Hawker Hart, which had
Prior to World War I Hannoversche Waggonfabric AG was known for building railway rolling stock for the various railway in Europe, and in 1915 it was directed by the German Government to commence production of aeroplanes for the armed services.
The Gladiator was the last single-engine biplane fighter built for the RAF and, although obsolescent by the commencement of World War II, it enjoyed some success. Designed by a team lead by H P Folland, it was an extensively refined development of the Gauntlet.
The Taube (Dove) was designed and built by Igo Etrich in Austria in 1908 and became well liked for its performance and handling. Rights to the design were then obtained by the German Government and Rumpler Luftahrzeugbau GmbH of Berlin received a contract to build 20 examples.
In 1913 the brothers, Gaston and Rene Caudron, who lived in the Rue area of the Somme, designed and built a single-seat sesquiplane known as the Caudron G.II. Later in 1913 Lt Chanteloup looped a Caudron over Issy aerodrome near Paris.
Known as the Brisfit, the Bristol Fighter was produced in large numbers during World War I as the F.2A and F.2B, some 5,308 examples being constructed with a variety of engines, including the Rolls Royce Falcon I, Falcon II, Falcon III, 112 kw (150-hp) Hispano Suiza, 149 kw (200-hp) Hispano
The Albatros series of fighters was produced in Germany for operations in World War I and was reasonably successful in its design role. The D.I, D.II and D.III were all put into production but the D.IV failed to reach this status.
The Culp Special was designed by Mr Steven Culp of Culp Specialities of Shreveport, Louisiana and is a development he made to the basic design of the Steen Skybolt to increase its aerobatic performance.
Due to the interest in 1930’s vintage aircraft, and the lack of an adequate supply of survivors, a replica of the 1930s era Waco YMF biplane has been developed and built by the Classic Aircraft Corp at Battle Creek, Lansing, Michigan.
The Jenny is a two-thirds scale (67%) replica of the Curtiss JN4D Jenny of the 1920s and is a single-seat ultra light of biplane configuration. Although the design appears to have a second cockpit, this is non functional. The airframe is gusset riveted aluminium tubing with dacron covering.
The Eagle is a high-performance biplane produced in kit form by Christen Industries Inc of Afton in Wyoming, USA. Designed for advanced aerobatic training and comfortable cross-country flying, it is also able to meet the requirements of competition standard aerobatics, having a maximum roll rate of 204 degrees per second,