Port Victoria P.V.7 Grain Kitten


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Port Victoria P.V.7 Grain Kitten

To meet a requirement for a diminutive lightweight single-seat airship interceptor suitable for operation from platforms on relatively small seagoing vessels, the Depot produced the P.V.7 to the designs of W H Sayers. To become known as the Grain Kitten to distinguish it from a competitive design created by the RNAS Experimental Flight at Eastchurch (which accordingly became known as the Eastchurch Kitten), the P.V.7 was an extremely small sesquiplane intended to be powered by a 45hp geared ABC Gnat two-cylinder air-cooled engine. Armament consisted of a single 7.7mm machine gun mounted above the wing centre section. Unavailability of the geared Gnat engine led to installation of a 35hp direct-drive Gnat with which the P.V.7 was completed in the summer of 1917. Difficulties were experienced with the engine from the start of flight testing in June, the aircraft being tail-heavy and performance disappointing. A series of modifications was introduced, but the P.V.7 was not flown subsequently.

Port Victoria P.V.7 Grain KittenA three-view drawing (1663 x 1200)

  Take-off weight223 kg492 lb
  Empty weight123 kg271 lb
  Wingspan5.49 m18 ft 0 in
  Length4.55 m15 ft 11 in
  Height1.60 m5 ft 3 in
  Wing area7.90 m285.03 sq ft
  Max. speed143 km/h89 mph

TORBJÍRN KAMPE, e-mail, 10.04.2015 01:18

It's fun to know that this is the first World War smallest fighter aircraft that was there.
These men except from inperiet England and Northern Ireland.
I wish I owned a fun little airplanes except its fighters.
This is contemporary BD-5.


Quincy Jay, e-mail, 25.04.2008 06:09

What was the span of the lower wing on this aircraft?


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