29 ft. 2 ft.
6 U.S. gals.
The Eastbourne Monoplane was produced in 1913 by the Eastbourne Aviation Co., Ltd., England.
History shows the first contract for an airplane went to a Frenchman named Clement Ader in 1892. Although the Wright Brothers pioneered sustained and controlled powered flight, a number of other companies soon followed. By 1907 the United States Army was looking into the use of aircraft.
The Eastbourne Monoplane was unique for its time in that it was a single wing design. Early aircraft used a propeller pushing the aircraft from behind rather than pulling it from the front. The Eastbourne monoplane used a tractor propeller. Rather than wing warping where bracing wires were pulled to twist the wing’s outer sections, roll was controlled with ailerons.
Most early aircraft were built using a biplane configuration. While generating a great deal of lift, the arrangement also resulted in a great deal of drag.
Some reasoned that if biplanes were successful, why not try three wings? Sets of two and three wings had to be braced by fairly substantial wires and joined together with interplane struts, which in themselves generated drag. This taxed early aircraft engines which did not produce much power per pound of weight.
A single wing of the same area would generate much less drag and, being more aerodynamic, would allow the aircraft to go much faster. That sort of forward thinking was the idea behind the Eastbourne Monoplane.
It appears that only one Eastbourne Monoplane aircraft was produced.
RC Eastbourne Monoplane
The RC giant scale Eastbourne Monoplane is 50 percent scale with a weight of 160 lbs. We do not know who built it, the wingspan, length, or type of power. If you can provide any additional information, we would appreciate it.
The RC Eastbourne Monoplane built from Pat Tritle plans has a 47″ in. wingspan and is powered by a geared Speed 300 type motor.
The RC Eastbourne Monoplane from a kit by Hobby Express wingspan is 43 1/2 in., and weight is around 20 oz. A geared Speed 400 type motor propels it.
The RC Eastbourne Monoplane from a kit for sale by Mansano Laser Works is designed by Peter Rake and has a wingspan of 48 in. Power is by a geared Speed 400 motor and weight is about l lb. 4 oz. Plans are also available separately.
There is a RC Eastbourne Monoplane with a 52 in. wingspan designed by Peter Rake available from the AMA Plans Service. Plan no. is 50847.
The AMA Plans Service has plans for sale for a 36 in. wingspan RC Eastbourne Monoplane originally published in RC Model World. Plan no. is 50517.