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School of Ballooning: Baby

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Initially named Dirigible No. 3 (after the failure of the two versions of the Nulli Secundus). The maiden flight was on 11th May 1909. This was a non-rigid of 21,000 cubic capacity with a goldbeaters' skin envelope. It was powered by two Buchet 12-hp engines and could carry a crew of two at 20 mph.

In July the engines were replaced by a single REP 25-hp unit.

In 1910 it was upgraded and became the Beta


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Sources of Information

  • The Royal Aircraft Factory by Paul R. Hare. ISBN 0-85177-843-7