Here is a transcript of the article appearing in the April 25th, 1914 edition of Flight.
Mr. D. Stanger's Olympia Models
We have much pleasure in publishing the accompanying photographs, drawings and particulars of these models, whish aroused so much attention at the show. The machine most fancied was, we believe, the Canard-type biplane, and this certainly gave the best account of itself in the original flying tests at Hendon; and in the re-fllown contest made a splended flight of some 50 secs. at the first attempt, rising off rough ground. Mr. Stanger informs us that this machine did not injure itself whilst taxi-ing along the ground, but at the end of its first flight, the second official trial, and that the 23secs. flight referrred to, was the second and not the first flight in the three trials allowed, as we thought was the case.
Tractor Monoplane. - Span, 10ft.; Chord, 2ft. Wings rounded at the tips, cambered and double surfaced. Lifting tail. The planes, tail, &c., are covered with a special silk-faced fabric, and doped with standard Cellon.
The fuselage is of triangular section, strongly braced with piano wire (breaking strain 300lbs.) and steel angle-plates. The front members of the framework are carried very low down to a point, and fitted to a heavy hickory skid; a strong laminated spring (shown in one of the drawings) is interposed to absorb shock in landing.
The floating axle is sprung on rubber shackles (as illustrated), and is fitted with the designer's non-buckling wheel device. The overall length of the machine is 7ft.
The petrol motor is a Stanger 4-cylinder V-type engine, which drives a propeller of 30ins. diameter and 22in. pitch at 1,600 r.p.m. giving a thrust of 14 lbs. Flying speed of the model about 30 miles an hour. Weight of engine, including petrol, oil tanks and pump, 5.25 lbs. Weight of machine in flying order, 20 lbs. The machine has made a number of very good flights.
The Canard Type Biplane. - This machine as can be seen from the photograph is a Canard Biplane, of which the lower plane has upturned wing tips for lateral stability. The machine is also fitted with four vertical fins, two on the top of the elevator and two between the main planes. The span of the machine is 7 ft., the chord 1 ft., and the gap 13 ins. the elevator span is 30 ins., and the chord 8 ins. The total length of the machine is 4 ft. 2 ins.
The fuselage is of triangular section, and strongly braced with piano wire - breaking strain 250 lbs. - and steel angle plates. All bolt holes are strengthened with steel plates. A landing chassis is entirely eliminated, as the fuselage is carried very low down, thereby forming a very low skid. The machine is very finely sprung on double helical steel springs, and the floating axle is fitted with wheels fitted with the designer's non-buckling device. Forward of the fuselage is fitted a kangaroo skid, hinged on a strong universal joint and sprung with rubber. The engine (petrol) is a Stanger 2-cylinder V-type, which drives a 22-in. diam. propeller of 18-in. pitch at 2,000 r. p. m. and gives a steady thrust of 9 lbs. The flying speed is about 20 miles an hour. Weight of engine, 2 lbs. 12 ozs. Weight of machine in flying order, 10.75 lbs.
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Immediately after the above article is this table of records, confirming the recognition of David Stanger's achievements by the Kite and Model Aeroplane Association (later to become the Society of Model Aeronautical Engineers, now known as the British Model Flying Association).