Armstrong Whitworth Scimitar

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A.W.35 Scimitar
Role Fighter
National origin United Kingdom
Manufacturer Armstrong Whitworth
First flight 1935
Introduction 1936
Primary user Norway
Number built 6
Developed from Armstrong Whitworth A.W.16

The Armstrong Whitworth A.W.35 Scimitar was a British single-engine biplane fighter aircraft designed and built by Armstrong Whitworth Aircraft. Four Scimitars were produced for the Norwegian Army Air Service and were delivered in 1936.

Design and development[edit]

The A.W.35 Scimitar was a development of Armstrong Whitworth's earlier Armstrong Whitworth A.W.16 fighter, powered by an Armstrong Siddeley Panther engine, with a lowered nose decking and an enlarged fin and rudder. The first prototype (G-ACCD) was a modification of the second A.W.16, and first flew in this form on 29 April 1935.[1] A second prototype (G-ADBL) was constructed by conversion of an A.W.16.

Operational history[edit]

Four Scimitars were ordered for the Norwegian Army Air Service. After testing of two of the production aircraft by the A & AEE at Martlesham Heath in late 1935, they were delivered to Norway in 1936.[1] When the Germans invaded in 1940 the Scimitars were all undergoing maintenance and could not be made operational in time to see combat.

The second prototype Scimitar was preserved by Armstrong Whitworth at its Whitley factory until 1958, when it was scrapped.[2]



Specifications (A.W.35)[edit]

Data from The British Fighter since 1912 [1]

General characteristics



See also[edit]

Related development


  1. ^ a b c Mason, Francis K (1992). The British Fighter since 1912. Naval Institute Press. ISBN 1-55750-082-7. 
  2. ^ Jackson, A.J. (1974). British Civil Aircraft since 1919 Volume 1. London: Putnam. ISBN 0-370-10006-9.