Westland Woodpigeon

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Woodpigeon
Role Two-seat biplane
National origin United Kingdom
Manufacturer Westland Aircraft
First flight 14 September 1924
Number built 2

The Westland Woodpigeon was a British two-seat light biplane designed to compete in the 1924 Lympne light aircraft trials.

Design and development[edit]

The Woodpigeon was a conventional wooden biplane[1] powered by a 32 hp (24 kW) Bristol Cherub III engine. Two aircraft were built. The first made its first flight on 14 September 1924;[2] the second aircraft, registered G-EBJV, flew in trials but was not successful.[3] The second aircraft was re-engined with a 30 hp (22 kW) ABC Scorpion and increased wingspan in 1926 for the 1926 Lympne trials but again was not successful.[3] In 1927 the two aircraft were re-engined with 60 hp (45 kW) Anzani 6 radials and redesignated Woodpigeon IIs [4]

Variants[edit]

Woodpigeon I
Bristol Cherub III-powered variant, two built.
Woodpigeon II
Two Woodpigeon Is re-engined with Anzani engines.

Specifications (Woodpigeon I)[edit]

Data from [3]

General characteristics

  • Crew: two
  • Length: 19 ft 6 in (5.95 m)
  • Wingspan: 22 ft 9 in (6.94 m)
  • Empty weight: 439 lb (199 kg)
  • Gross weight: 779 lb (353 kg)
  • Powerplant: 1 × Bristol Cherub III, 32 hp (24 kW)

Performance

  • Maximum speed: 72 mph (115 km/h)

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Flight 1926
  2. ^ James, Derek M. Westland Aircraft since 1915. London: Putnam, 1991. ISBN 0-85177-847-X, p. 111
  3. ^ a b c Jackson 1974, page 331
  4. ^ Jackson 1974, page 332

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