Pemberton-Billing P.B.9

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Role Single-seat Scout
National origin United Kingdom
Manufacturer Pemberton-Billing Limited
Designer Noel Pemberton-Billing
First flight August 1914
Primary user Royal Naval Air Service
Number built 1

The Pemberton-Billing P.B.9 was a First World War British single-seat scout aircraft built by Pemberton-Billing Limited, which later became the Supermarine Aviation Works, only one P.B.9 was built.[1]

Design and development[edit]

The P.B.9 was a single-seat open cockpit equal span biplane scout.[1] It was powered by a 50 hp (36 kW) Gnome rotary engine and had a fixed landing gear with a tail skid.[1] It was built within a week (giving rise to the nickname "Seven Day Bus") and was first flown August 1914.[2] Although the aircraft performed well only one was built which was later used by the Royal Naval Air Service as a trainer.[1]


 United Kingdom


Data from Thetford 1958[3]

General characteristics

  • Crew: 1
  • Length: 20 ft in (6.1 m)
  • Wingspan: 26 ft in (7.93 m)
  • Powerplant: 1 × Gnome rotary engine, 50 hp (37 kW)


  • Maximum speed: 78 mph (126 km/h)
  • Endurance: 3 hours
  • Rate of climb: 500 ft/min (2.5 m/s)



  1. ^ a b c d Orbis 1985, p. 2694
  2. ^ Mason 1992, p. 31.
  3. ^ Thetford 1958 p.379


  • The Illustrated Encyclopedia of Aircraft (Part Work 1982-1985). Orbis Publishing. 
  • Mason, Francis K. (1992). The British Fighter since 1912. Annapolis, Maryland, USA: Naval Institute Press. ISBN 1-55750-082-7. 
  • Thetford, Owen (1958). British Naval Aircraft 1912-58. London: Putnam Publishing. p. 379. 

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