Austin A.F.T.3 Osprey


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Austin A.F.T.3 Osprey

A private venture intended to compete with the Sopwith Snipe, the Osprey was of wooden construction with fabric skinning and was powered by a 230hp Bentley B.R.2 nine-cylinder rotary engine. Armament comprised two fixed and synchronised 7.7mm Vickers machine guns and one semi-free Lewis gun of similar calibre on the rear spanwise member of the middle-wing centre section. The Osprey was flown for the first time in February 1918, but performance proved to be inferior to that of the Snipe, and construction of second and third prototypes was abandoned.

Austin A.F.T.3 OspreyA three-view drawing (600 x 542)

  Take-off weight856 kg1887 lb
  Empty weight502 kg1107 lb
  Wingspan7.01 m23 ft 0 in
  Length5.36 m18 ft 7 in
  Height3.25 m11 ft 8 in
  Max. speed190 km/h118 mph

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