Manuscripts/Mixed Material Article by Mabel Hubbard Bell, 1909
The “Oionos” was designed to combine in itself the virtue of great lifting power possessed by the Hammondsport type of machine together with a degree of the automatic stability characteristic of pure tetrahedral structures. It was therefore being built with both oblique and curved horizontal surfaces. It was further intended to rise directly from the water and a peculiar type of craft was being specially designed for attachment.
Owing to the delay in the completion of the motor and its arrival from Hammondsport, it was not until late in Feb., 1909, that the associates were able to start their experiments on the ice which was now as smooth as glass. On Feb. 22, the Cygnet II was given its first trial. Unfortunately it had been found impossible to keep the new motor within the specified limit of 250 lbs. and dvelop the requisite horse-power, so that the machine was handicaped from the start by having to carry a heavier machine than originally intended. Nor did the motor ever develop as much power as was hoped. Neither during the trials on Feb. 22 and later on March 15 was the motor able to drive the Cygnet II at a sufficient speed to cause it to actually leave the ice although at times it seemed about to do so. The best the motor could do was 15 miles an hour which was not sufficient to raise the machine in the air. Further attempts to try the Cygnet II were therefore postponed pending the acquisition of a more powerful motor, and the motor was installe