Developed as a private venture to meet the requirements
of both N.21/26 and F.9/26, the A.W.16 appeared
in 1931. Two prototypes were flown, the first conforming
to the former specification and the second to the
latter, both being initially powered by the geared and
supercharged Panther IIIA of 540hp. The second prototype
was re-engined with a 565hp Panther VII during
the course of protracted trials at the A & AEE in 1933.
Eighteen production examples of the A.W.16 were produced
late in 1931, 17 of these for delivery to the
Chinese Kwangsi Air Force and one being used as an
engine test bed before being passed to the Alan Cobham
circus. Armament comprised two 7.7mm Vickers machine guns.
|A three-view drawing (1667 x 1257)|
| Take-off weight||1597 kg||3521 lb|
| Wingspan||10.06 m||33 ft 0 in|
| Length||7.62 m||25 ft 0 in|
| Height||3.50 m||12 ft 6 in|
| Wing area||24.24 m2||260.92 sq ft|
| Max. speed||322 km/h||200 mph|
|Dave Smith, 06.02.2014|
In 1940, as a 10 year old, I was given a Frog plastic kit of a " Scimitar", the decals were for the Chinese Air Force. Frog obviously thought Scimitar sounded better than a number for I see below that there were only 4 Scimitars & used by the Norwiegian Air Force.
Armament comprised two 7.7mm Vickers machine guns.
Armstrong Whitworth A.W.16
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