You are absolutely right! This is the monoplane of Henry George ("Harry") Ferguson
There is another on-the-ground picture at the hompage of the Ferguson Family Museum: 1911 Ferguson Monoplane
Kees, may you show us the other in-flight view?
On this site is qouted from the Belfast Telegraph; Ferguson first flew his design with 35 hp J.A.P. engine on December 31st 1909. So it must be a 1909 construction.
(The Belfast Telegraph online archive offers stuff back till 1995 only)
(It is also noted Ferguson was the first Britain who flew his own design
- Ireland not divided then was part of the "United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland -
but there were several other unique british designes in 1909, probably some of them were flown not on the last day of the year and i.e. Alliot Verdon Roe was in the air with his second tripe "Avroplan" also powered with a J.A.P. in 1908 already)
But back to Ferguson, the aircraft shown here must be the rebuilt model from 1911. Apart from the undercarriage the crafts here, as well the replica, do have a single tombstone only, while a couple of pictures in "flight" of 1910 always show two A-style tombstones in a row.
To the scores:
Kees offered almost everthing but came with a wrong year, compared to my source. Rbailey confirmed the second version, what was not questioned but I'll give him 0.1 for his detective work. Kees gets the lion-part and thus becomes our first ROYAL
Will he also be the first to be knighted ? (or do I mix something up here?)
Our scoreboard after challenge #27:
4.20 richard B
0.40 Wind In The Wires
Your Majesty, may I ask you to arrange the next challenge for us?
Now, If you'll excuse me.