Blackburn Sidecar

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Blackburn Sidecar
Role Ultra-Light Aircraft
National origin England
Manufacturer Blackburn Aeroplane & Motor Co. Ltd.
First flight 1919
Number built 1

The Blackburn Sidecar was a two-seat ultra-light aircraft built by the Blackburn Aeroplane & Motor Company at Brough in 1919. There is no evidence that it ever flew.

Development[edit]

The side-by-side two-seat Sidecar was built by the Blackburn Aeroplane & Motor Co. Ltd. at Brough in 1919 for Mr.K.M Smith.

It was a small mid-winged aircraft,[1] with wings and other flying surfaces of constant chord. It had no fixed tail surfaces. The triangular cross-section fuselage was unusually deep, such that the undercarriage cross-axle was attached to the keel or bottom longeron.

The sole Sidecar, eventually registered G-EALN on 26 August 1920, was exhibited at Harrods Department store in Knightsbridge during March 1919. It did not fly with the low-powered Gnat.[1] About July 1921 the aircraft was sold to Mr. Haydon-White, Blackburn's London manager who had it re-engined with a 100 hp Anzani radial.[1] By October 1921 it was logged as unairworthy. There is no record of it flying during these four months.[1]

Specifications (Gnat)[edit]

Data from Janes 1919

General characteristics

  • Crew: one
  • Capacity: one passenger
  • Length: 20 ft 6 in (6.25 m)
  • Wingspan: 27 ft 3 in (8.31 m)
  • Height: [1] 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m)
  • Wing area: [1] 123 ft2 (11.43 m2)
  • Empty weight: [1] 392 lb (178 kg)
  • Gross weight: [1] 850 lb (386 kg)
  • Powerplant: 1 × ABC Gnat flat twin[1], 40 hp (30 kW)

Performance

  • Maximum speed: (estimated) 83 mph (134 km/h)
  • Range: [1] (estimated) 300 miles (480 km)

References[edit]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i j Jackson 1968, pp. 135–8

Bibliography[edit]

  • Jane's All the Worlds Aircraft 1919
  • Jackson, A.J. (1968). Blackburn Aircraft since 1909. London: Putnam Publishing. ISBN 0-370-00053-6.