Robey-Peters Gun-Carrier

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Robey Peters Three-Seater 1.jpg
Role Armed tractor biplane
National origin United Kingdom
Manufacturer Robey & Company Limited
First flight May 1917
Primary user Royal Naval Air Service
Number built 1

The Robey-Peters Gun-Carrier was a British three-seater armed tractor biplane designed and built by Robey & Company Limited at Bracebridge Heath, Lincoln for the Royal Naval Air Service (RNAS).[1]

The gun-carrier was a single-engined three-bay biplane powered by a 250 hp (186 kW) Rolls-Royce engine.[1][2] The Gun-Carrier had a gondola on each of the upper wings to carry a Davis gun (a form of recoilless rifle) and a gunner, while the pilot sat alone in a cockpit in the rear fuselage, just forward of the aircraft's tail. He was provided with windows in the sides of the cockpit to improve the extremely poor view caused by the cockpit's location.[2] Two were ordered for the RNAS in May 1916 but the first aircraft (serial number 9498) crashed on its maiden flight from Bracebridge Heath in May 1917.[1] The second aircraft was not completed and no others were built.[1]


 United Kingdom


Data from [2]

General characteristics

  • Crew: 3 (pilot and two air-gunners)
  • Length: 29 ft 6 in (8.99 m)
  • Wingspan: 56 ft 6 in (16.62 m)
  • Powerplant: 1 × Rolls-Royce Eagle piston engine, 250 hp (186 kW)


See also[edit]

Aircraft of comparable role, configuration and era
Related lists


  1. ^ a b c d Sturtivant and Page 1992, p. 163.
  2. ^ a b c Mason 1992, pp. 114–115.
  • Mason, Francis K (1992). The British Fighter since 1912. Annapolis, Maryland, USA: Naval Institute Press. ISBN 1-55750-082-7. 
  • Sturtivant, Ray; Page, Gordon (1992). Royal Navy Aircraft Serials and Units 1911-1919. Tonbridge, Kent, UK: Air-Britain Historians Ltd. ISBN 0-85130-191-6.