Beardmore W.B.1

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Role Bomber
National origin British
Manufacturer Beardmore
Designer G. Tilghman Richards
First flight 1917
Status Prototype
Number built 1

The Beardmore W.B.1 was a British single-engine bomber biplane of World War I developed by Beardmore.[1]

Development and design[edit]

In 1916, G. Tilghman Richards, the newly appointed chief designer of the aviation department of the Scottish shipbuilder William Beardmore, designed his first aircraft for Beardmore, the W.B.1. This was to be a single engined bomber for the Royal Naval Air Service (RNAS), which was intended to carry out long gliding attacks to achieve surprise. It was a three-bay biplane with long span high aspect ratio wings, which were highly staggered.[2] It was powered by a 230 hp (172 kW) BHP engine and first flew in early 1917.[3]

The W.B.1 was delivered to the RNAS at Cranwell for evaluation on 8 June 1917.[4] By this time however, the larger and more capable Handley Page O/100 was in production and the W.B.1 was rejected by the RNAS.[3]


Data from Mason, The British Bomber since 1912 [3]

General characteristics

  • Crew: 1
  • Length: 32 ft 10 in (10.01 m)
  • Wingspan: 61 ft 6 in (18.75 m)
  • Height: 14 ft 9 in (4.50 m)
  • Wing area: 796 ft2 (74.0 m2)
  • Empty weight: 3,410 lb (1,550 kg)
  • Gross weight: 5,600 lb (2,545 kg)
  • Powerplant: 1 × Sunbeam or Beardmore Adriatic, 230 hp (172 kW)


  • Maximum speed: 91 mph (147 km/h)
  • Endurance: 7.3 hours 



  1. ^ Taylor 1990, p.56.
  2. ^ Mason 1994, p.75.
  3. ^ a b c Mason 1994, p.76.
  4. ^ Lewis 1980, p.72.


  • Lewis, Peter (1980). The British Bomber since 1912 (Third ed.). London: Putnam. ISBN 0-370-30265-6.
  • Mason, Francis K. (1994). The British Bomber since 1912. London: Putnam. ISBN 0-85177-861-5.
  • Taylor, Michael J. H. (1990). Jane's Fighting Aircraft of World War I. London: Studio Editions.