Armstrong Whitworth A.W.16


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Armstrong Whitworth A.W.16

Developed as a private venture to meet the requirements of both N.21/26 and F.9/26, the A.W.16 appeared in 1931. Two prototypes were flown, the first conforming to the former specification and the second to the latter, both being initially powered by the geared and supercharged Panther IIIA of 540hp. The second prototype was re-engined with a 565hp Panther VII during the course of protracted trials at the A & AEE in 1933. Eighteen production examples of the A.W.16 were produced late in 1931, 17 of these for delivery to the Chinese Kwangsi Air Force and one being used as an engine test bed before being passed to the Alan Cobham circus. Armament comprised two 7.7mm Vickers machine guns.

Armstrong Whitworth A.W.16A three-view drawing (1667 x 1257)

  Take-off weight1597 kg3521 lb
  Wingspan10.06 m33 ft 0 in
  Length7.62 m25 ft 0 in
  Height3.50 m12 ft 6 in
  Wing area24.24 m2260.92 sq ft
  Max. speed322 km/h200 mph

Dave Smith, e-mail, 06.02.2014 13:14

In 1940, as a 10 year old, I was given a Frog plastic kit of a " Scimitar", the decals were for the Chinese Air Force. Frog obviously thought Scimitar sounded better than a number for I see below that there were only 4 Scimitars & used by the Norwiegian Air Force.


bill, 20.06.2011 13:38

Armament comprised two 7.7mm Vickers machine guns.


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