Aviatik Argus (50hp)




  Aviatik Argus (50 HP)

Single engine two seat trainer aircraft

The Aviatik used a Farman frame very similar to the Farman H.F.3, combined with a 50 hp Argus engine which was refined by the Berlin engine-maker Jeannin. In July 1910 Baron Pierre de Caters acquired this machine to replace his obsolete Voisin biplane. At Sint-Job-in-'t-Goor the aircraft was disassembled to help the Bollekens brothers (Jero) to construct four biplanes for the Aviator Company and its school at Sint-Job.  Having lost a potential contract for military pilot instruction to Chevallier de Laminne, Baron de Caters offered his aircraft to the War Minister in 1910 and later as New Year’s (1911) gift to King Albert. Some confusion exist as to the designation of this aircraft as the name "Aviator" was painted on the rudder probably because it remained at the Aviator school at St- Job. Taken into service by the Compagnie d'ouvriers et d'aérostiers du génie the Aviatik's Argus engine had the bad reputation of overheating after only five minutes of flight.  After only a few flights in military hands the unique machine was written off at Brasschaat on August 3rd, 1912. (Daniel Brackx)

Picture  Serial C/N Date In Date Out History
F.V - 1911 Aug 1912 F.V, crashed at Brasschaat on Aug 3rd, 1912. Pilot Deschamps unhurt



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