Austin A.F.B.1


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Austin A.F.B.1

Frequently referred to as the "Austin Ball Scout" because the Austin Motor Company incorporated some of the ideas of Capt Albert Ball, VC, DSO, MC, in this fighter's design, the A.F.B.1 was designed by C H Brooks and was flown for the first time in July 1917. It was of wooden construction with fabric covering, and was powered by a 200hp Hispano-Suiza eight-cylinder liquid-cooled engine. Armament comprised a single 7.7mm Lewis machine gun firing through the hollow propeller shaft, and a similar weapon on a Foster mounting above the upper wing centre section. As originally built, the sole prototype of the A.F.B.1 had slightly sweptback wing surfaces and conventional single-bay bracing, but during the course of development new unswept surfaces accompanied by revised interplane bracing of two-bay form were introduced. The aircraft flew for the first time after these modifications on 17 September 1917.

Austin A.F.B.1A three-view drawing (600 x 414)

  Take-off weight942 kg2077 lb
  Empty weight692 kg1526 lb
  Wingspan9.14 m30 ft 0 in
  Length6.55 m22 ft 6 in
  Height2.82 m9 ft 3 in
  Wing area26.94 m2289.98 sq ft
  Max. speed222 km/h138 mph

Colin Pengelly, e-mail, 13.03.2008 19:01

Re your comments on the Austin-Ball Scout, I am writing a biography of Albert Ball and have recently spent some time looking at the reports on the Austin Ball in the National Archives. The specification, despite what has been written previously, called for a Vickers Gun to fire through the hollow propellor shaft not a Lewis. The gun was to take a 500 round belt and was to be reloadable in flight.


Ashlee, e-mail, 17.12.2006 03:28

you didnt say who invented the Austin-Ball AFB.1 fighter plane.where or even why...


Austin, e-mail, 17.12.2006 03:33

you didnt state who was the inventor of this craft.


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