Richard Pearse
Centenary of Flight

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One of the more interesting features of the SCAHC reconstruction is shown above. The exact design and purpose of the lateral wing flaps on Pearse's Monoplane is open to conjecture. The patent that Pearse was granted in 1907 suggests they were airbrakes or spoilers located either above or below the wing surface (no-one is certain).

Author Geoffrey Rodliffe, who is also the driving force behind the MOTAT reconstruction, believes that Pearse's flaps are actually air scoops, situated within cut-outs within the wing itself, with the hinge being at the rear edge of the cut-out.

The SCAHC people have ignored all of the above and have come up with their own design - balanced ailerons! This is conjecture on my part - but I think that the South Canterbury machine has been designed and built not so much for it to be a 'true' copy of the original, but for it to be a machine that can be flown in a safe manner. What alterations that have needed to be made, in order to achieve this, have been done with minimal alteration to the aesthetics of the plane.

 

 

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