|Spartan Arrow 1 G-ABWP built in 1932 at Kemble Airfield, Glos, in May 2009|
|Manufacturer||Spartan Aircraft Limited|
Built as a successor to the company's first design the Simmonds Spartan, the Arrow was a two-seat biplane with a spruce and plywood fuselage. The prototype G-AAWY first flew in May 1930 with Cirrus Hermes II engine. The 13 production aircraft that followed used mainly the de Havilland Gipsy II engine.
One aircraft was fitted with floats and evaluated as a seaplane in 1931, it was converted back to a landplane and later sold in New Zealand.
One aircraft G-ABST was built to test a new air-cooled Napier engine (later knowns as the Javelin). The second prototype G-AAWY was also used by Cirrus Aero Engines as an engine test bed. Production of the Arrow ended in 1933.
The aircraft was operated by flying clubs and private individuals:
Data from Saunders and Saro Aircraft since 1917
- Length: 25 ft 0 in (7.62 m)
- Wingspan: 30 ft 7 in (9.34 m)
- Height: 9 ft 6 in (2.90 m)
- Wing area: 251 ft² (23.3 m2)
- Empty weight: 965 lb (439 kg)
- Max. takeoff weight: 1,750 lb (795 kg)
- Powerplant: 1 × de Havilland Gipsy II inline piston, 120 hp (90 kW)
- Maximum speed: 92 knots (106 mph, 171 km/h)
- Range: 376 nm (432 miles, 696 km)
- Rate of climb: 830 ft/min (4.2 m/s)
- London 1988, p. 334.
- The Illustrated Encyclopedia of Aircraft (Part Work 1982-1985). Orbis Publishing.
- Jackson, A.J. (1974). British Civil Aircraft since 1919 Volume 3. London: Putnam. ISBN 0-370-10014-X.
- London, Peter (1988). Saunders and Saro Aircraft since 1917. London: Putnam. ISBN 0-85177-814-3.
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