Aircraft engine: Bristol Cherub I
|Displacement||1,095 l (67 cu in)|
|Power output||32 hp (24 kW) at 2,500 RPM|
2-cylinder inline flat air-cooled piston engine. It was designed by engine department of the the Bristol company, under the chief designer Roy Fedden, to answer the need for a low power engine which could be fitted to small sports aircraft.
The Cherub powered most of the aeroplanes that took part in the Two-seater Light Plane Competitions at Lympne September 29 – October 4, held by the Royal Aero Club: Wee Bee I, Brownie, Avis, Pixie IIIa, Westland Wood Pidgeon, Cranwell II, Vickers Vagabond, Short Satellite. The event was intended to promote popular aviation. The Cherub gained much appreciation there, which translated to its popularity in subsequent years. Among others, the engine powered the Storch IX B motor glider, one of "flying wings" designed by German aircraft designer dr Alexander Lippisch.