Waterplane1, experimental twin-hull biplane (three 50hp Gnome in tandem on centerline) for six passengers (three seats were in each hull), built at Huntingdon, 1913, for Radley with design and engineering by England; flight tested by England in April and May. Rebuilt at Shoreham into Waterplane2 (one 150hp Sunbeam), the punt-type floating hulls of the first being abandoned for cedar clinker-built boats made by the South Coast Yacht Agency and passengers reduced to four, two in each hull.
Huntingdon likely refers to the Portholme Aerdrome, site of the old 260-acre racecourse at Portholme Meadow, offered by its owners to the town of Huntingdon in 1910 for aviation purposes (see 1910FM694) and was where the Radley-Moorhouse monoplane was built in 1911, which see. It may also refer to the factory premises of Portholme Aerodrome Ltd., which had been founded by Radley and Moorhouse in 1911. According to 1913FM900, a boat is said to be clinker-built when the outer boards or planking do not butt up against one another with their edges, but overlap each other a little. Another name for Waterplane2 appears to have been the Circuit.
- Gunston, 1993, p248
- Gunston, 2005, p383
- SD238; 1913FM406-408, 445, 520, 595, 628, 763, 900-904, 908.
Q: Did they have a company? Should this be called a research partnership instead?
|City||Originally at Huntingdon; then slip-way at Sussex County Aero Club, Shoreham, and shed at Shoreham Aerodrome, England|
|Key people||James Radley, E. C. Gordon England|