In June, 1909, Roger Summer purchased a biplane constructed by Henri Farman, and on July 3d he made his first flight. Scarcely a month later he held the world’s record for duration of flight, having flown continuously for two and a halt hours. His sudden jump into the ranks of the great aviators was unusual and showed that, after all, it was not so hard to learn to fly well. At Rheims and at Doncaster, during the fall of 1909, he won many prizes, but shortly after this gave up flying on the Farman aeroplane and proceeded to design and construct his own.
[ad#ad-1]On January 6th, 1910, this biplane was completed and tried out for the first time. M. Sommer at once succeeded in making three perfect flights of several kilometers each, and after three days of experimenting, a long cross-country flight was made. This aeroplane was also operated by Lindpainter and Legagneux. On December 31st. 1910, the Sommer flew 109 miles in competition for the Michelin trophy, and later, an especially large Sommer established a passenger carrying record.
Top Speed: 46 m.p.h.
Engine: 53 horse-power Gnome rotary 7-cylinder
Wingspan: 33 feet
Weight: 800 pounds
Specifications from â€œMonoplanes and Biplanes,â€