Armstrong Whitworth Siskin III


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Armstrong Whitworth Siskin III

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.

Armstrong Whitworth Siskin III

  Take-off weight1241 kg2736 lb
  Empty weight830 kg1830 lb
  Wingspan10.08 m33 ft 1 in
  Length6.85 m22 ft 6 in
  Height2.97 m10 ft 9 in
  Wing area27.50 m2296.01 sq ft
  Max. speed216 km/h134 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 The Siskin III was withdrawn from front line service in March 1927.


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