Port Victoria P.V.8 Eastchurch Kitten


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Port Victoria P.V.8 Eastchurch Kitten

Although designed by Lt G H Millar of the RNAS Experimental Flight at Eastchurch and partly built by that establishment, this competitor for the P.V.7 as a lightweight single-seat interceptor was completed in the workshops at Port Victoria and assigned the designation P.V.8. Becoming known as the Eastchurch Kitten, the P.V.8 was an angular single-bay staggered biplane intended, like the P.V.7, to be powered by the geared ABC Gnat engine, but of necessity fitted with the 35hp ungeared version of this two-cylinder power plant. When initially flown on 1 September 1917, the P.V.8 possessed no fixed tailplane, but the horizontal tail surfaces were redesigned to incorporate a small tailplane prior to the second flight. Proving itself superior to the P.V.7 in every way, the P.V.8 suffered similar problems with its engine. On 13 March 1918, the Eastchurch Kitten was packed for despatch to the USA, where it was to be evaluated, but there is no record that it ever reached its destination.

Port Victoria P.V.8 Eastchurch KittenA three-view drawing (1278 x 892)

  Take-off weight266 kg586 lb
  Empty weight154 kg340 lb
  Wingspan5.78 m19 ft 12 in
  Length4.76 m16 ft 7 in
  Height1.57 m5 ft 2 in
  Wing area9.85 m2106.02 sq ft
  Max. speed151 km/h94 mph

Liz Walker, e-mail, 03.06.2015 12:35

Hi, I am the great, great deice of the SHORT BROTHERS who also had firm connections with Eastchurch but alas NOT the KITTEN.
If anyone has any information about the SHORT Brothers at Eastchurch I would really appreciate a copy. Thanks


stuart cotgrove, e-mail, 15.11.2011 20:06

Thank you so much Clive. Meanwhile I have scaled up my information and have a set of 1 /3rd scale plans ready. Just need to clear the half built Hawker Typhoon from the workshop now!


Clive Burghard, e-mail, 15.11.2011 13:12

Have just managed to get my old PC up and running again, and have finally extracted the Eastchurch Kitten photo taken by my Grandfather, who worked on many aircraft at Eastchurch, and the Isle of Grain, {Grain Kitten too}
will forward copy to those interested, just email me.


stuart cotgrove, e-mail, 01.02.2011 18:33

Hi Clive, thankyou for your offer, I have sent an e-mail to you.


Clive Burghard, e-mail, 29.11.2010 19:36

My Grandfather worked on the 'Kitten', and I have a photo of it that he took in the hangar at Eastchurch.
If you email me I will send a copy.


Ray "Mac" McElwain, e-mail, 28.09.2010 22:54

At the Yorkshire Air Museum where I am an Aircraft Engineering volunteer we have a Replica Fuselage Frame for the Eastchurch Kitten

If anyone does find a reasonable copy of its structure, I would be very grateful for a copy

I have been looking up in the rafters of the workshop for a long time now and pondering my next project to take on



stuart cotgrove, e-mail, 31.01.2009 20:53

just bought the 1 /10th scale plans drawn up by john sizer. looking to do a 1 /3rd scale one of these for radio control. anyone have any photos or details i would love to have a view please to the e-mail above...


Ralph, e-mail, 31.10.2008 04:14

Great site, Been looking for information on the P.V. 8 for years.
Would like to find building plans for this aircraft, as well as more information.
This will be one of my favorite sites.


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