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[Plane] British Handley Page
[between ca. 1915 and ca. 1920]
1 negative : glass ; 5 x 7 in. or smaller.
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Richard Arthur Norton (1958- )
The Handley Page Type O was an early biplane bomber used by Britain during the First World War. At the time, it was the largest aircraft that had been built in the UK and one of the largest in the world. It was built in two major versions, the Handley Page O/100 (H.P.11) and Handley Page O/400 (H.P.12). en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Handley_Page_Type_O
This appears to be the Handley Page V/1500 bomber. It is distinguished from the Handley Page Type O (and variants) by its equal span wings and four Rolls-Royce Eagle V-12 engines. See: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Handley_Page_V/1500
The Bismarck tribune., July 19, 1918, Image 8 chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/lccn/sn85042243/1918-07-19/ed-... shows this picture, with caption, "A front view of the giant super-biplane, the Handley-Page, which will fly across the Atlantic when the allies get ready to send a fleet of planes to bombard Berlin. Ten thousand duplicates of this air monster, built in the United States, could cross the ocean in 60 days, bombard dozens of German cities and end the war, says W. H. Workman, American representative of Handley-Page, Ltd., of England. Note the size of the plane in comparison with the 14 men who are standing around its wheels." Copyright there was claimed by Underwood & Underwood. NYT of June 30, 1918 query.nytimes.com/gst/abstract.html?res=9A02E2D8103BEE3AB... has more about the project proposal.
See defenceoftherealm.wordpress.com/2015/08/06/handley-page-h... for more about the Handley Page HP.15 V/1500 plane and its context.
Since the first V/1500 to come to the States came in 1919 and this negative has 7/1/18 as a scribbled date, I assume the pictures were taken in Britain, probably at Cricklewood, and distributed by W. H. Workman as he tried to persuade the U.S. to build some of them. All three photos of the plane have a triangular mark at bottom right, which may identify the original source, but I have been unable to interpret it.
The evening world., July 06, 1918, Final Edition, Page 6, col. 6 reported that "a giant bombing airplane - said to be the largest built in this country so far - was launched this afternoon at Elizabeth, N. J. ... The machine, built at the plant of the Standard Aircraft Corporation, is constructed on plans furnished by Handley-Page, Ltd., the British concern which has furnished thousands of machines to the Allies." chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/lccn/sn83030193/1918-07-06/ed-... Photos of this event are in lcweb2.loc.gov/service/sgp/sgpnyt/1918/191807/19180714/00... But the airplane shown there is apparently a Handley Page Type O, not a V/1500 as depicted here.
This is a photo of the first prototype of the Handley Page V/1500 B9463 during rigging checks at Clutterhouse Farm at Cricklewood, late April 1918. The aircraft had been sent as components from Harland & Wolff, Belfast, Northern ireland and was finally assembled by Handley Page on 21 April 1918. First flight was not achieved until 22 May 1918. It crashed on its 13th flight 2 June 1918 and was completely destroyed Stig