Beardmore W.B.V


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Beardmore W.B.V

Developed in parallel with the W.B.IV, but of more conventional design, the W.B.V single-seat shipboard fighter was intended to carry a 37mm Puteaux cannon between the cylinder blocks of its 200hp Hispano- Suiza eight-cylinder water-cooled engine. It featured folding wings, a jettisonable undercarriage and inflatable flotation bags beneath the underside of the leading edge of the lower wing. Three prototypes of the W.B.V were ordered, the first of these flying on 3 December 1917, but the engine-mounted cannon was quickly removed and a more conventional armament mounted, this comprising a synchronised 7.7mm Vickers gun and a 7.7mm Lewis gun on a tripod ahead of the cockpit. The second prototype W.B.V was completed and flown in 1918, but further development was abandoned before the end of World War I.

  Take-off weight1134 kg2500 lb
  Empty weight844 kg1861 lb
  Wingspan10.92 m36 ft 10 in
  Length8.10 m27 ft 7 in
  Height3.61 m12 ft 10 in
  Wing area36.60 m2393.96 sq ft
  Max. speed180 km/h112 mph

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