Embodying considerable redesign by comparison with
the Siskin II, the Siskin III featured an enlarged upper wing,
a lower wing of reduced chord and Vee-type instead
of parallel interplane struts. The Siskin III was
powered by the 350hp Armstrong Siddeley Jaguar III
engine, and was ordered for the RAF to Specification
15/22. The prototype was tested in 1923, the first production
example flying on 24 March 1924. Armament
comprised two 7.7mm Vickers machine guns, and 50 single-seat examples were built for the
RAF, one of these later being passed to the RCAF.
Twelve two-seat trainer models were also built.
| MODEL||Siskin III|
| Take-off weight||1241 kg||2736 lb|
| Empty weight||830 kg||1830 lb|
| Wingspan||10.08 m||33 ft 1 in|
| Length||6.85 m||22 ft 6 in|
| Height||2.97 m||10 ft 9 in|
| Wing area||27.50 m2||296.01 sq ft|
| Max. speed||216 km/h||134 mph|
|Paul McMillan, e-mail, 05.07.2016 11:50|
Q: "Do you have any record of a Siskin piloted by F /O Taylor crashing on 9 /10 /1924"
A: AW SISKIN J7147 of 41Sqn looped and dived into ground after formation take-off, Netheravon. - ST GEORGE-TAYLOR, Harold, P /O - Killed 9 October 1924- Death Registered Amesbury
|John Phillips, e-mail, 12.11.2012 15:41|
Do you have any record of a Siskin piloted by F /O Taylor crashing on 9 /10 /1924?
|Ian White, e-mail, 19.08.2010 14:03|
The Air Ministry placed orders for sixty-two aircraft, with the first Siskin III entering RAF service with No.41 (Fighter) Squadron at Northolt in May 1924 and with No.111 (Fighter) Squadron at Duxford the following June. Thirty-two of the Siskin IIIs were converted to dual control Siskin DCs, to serve as training aircraft with Nos.3 and 5 Flying Training Schools (FTS) at Grantham and Sealand, the RAF College, Cranwell, and a number of fighter squadrons. The Siskin III was withdrawn from front line service in March 1927.
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