Austin Kestrel

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Kestrel
Role Two-seat biplane
National origin United Kingdom
Manufacturer Austin Motor Company
Designer John Kenworthy
First flight 1920
Number built 1

The Austin Kestrel was a British two-seat biplane designed and built by the Austin Motor Company. Only one aircraft was built.

Design and development[edit]

Designed to enter a 1920 Air Ministry competition the Kestrel was a conventional biplane with an open cockpit with side-by-side seats for two.[1] Registered G-EATR the Kestrel came third in the small aeroplane class.[1] The company decided to concentrate on motor car production and the aircraft was sold in 1924 but not flown again.[1]

Specifications[edit]

Data from [1]

General characteristics

  • Crew: 2
  • Length: 25 ft 6 in (7.77 m)
  • Wingspan: 38 ft 6 in (11.74 m)
  • Wing area: 417[2] ft2 (38.8 m2)
  • Empty weight: 1,966 lb (892 kg)
  • Gross weight: ,2740 lb (1,243 kg)
  • Powerplant: 1 × Beardmore 160 hp, 160 hp (119 kW)

Performance

  • Maximum speed: 110 mph (176 km/h)
  • Cruise speed: 83 mph (133 km/h)
  • Endurance: 4.5[3] hours

References[edit]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d Jackson 1973, p. 289.
  2. ^ Flight 5 August 1920, p.855.
  3. ^ Flight 5 August 1920, p.856.

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