Armstrong Whitworth Siskin II
1922
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Armstrong Whitworth Siskin II

Derived from the Siddeley S.R.2 Siskin, a single-seat fighter of 1919 built by the Siddeley Deasy Car Co Ltd, the Siskin II was evolved after the latter concern acquired in 1921 the name and goodwill of Sir W G Armstrong Whitworth & Co Ltd, which had closed down its aviation department. Retaining the basic features of its predecessor, the Siskin II was completely redesigned structurally, and embodied fuselage and wing spars of high-tensile steel tubing and strip. Powered by a 325hp Armstrong Siddeley Jaguar I 14-cylinder two-row radial, the Siskin II appeared in August 1922 as a two-seater, a second prototype which followed in October 1923 being completed as a single-seat fighter. The first prototype was later modified as a single-seater, but the Siskin II failed to attract orders, and the second prototype was eventually sold to the Swedish Air Force.

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Armstrong Whitworth Siskin IIA three-view drawing (1653 x 1263)


Specification 
 MODELSiskin II
 WEIGHTS
    Take-off weight1021 kg2251 lb
 DIMENSIONS
    Wingspan8.63 m28 ft 4 in
    Length6.55 m22 ft 6 in
    Height2.89 m10 ft 6 in
    Wing area23.50 m2252.95 sq ft
 PERFORMANCE
    Max. speed238 km/h148 mph

Comments
Bill Griffin, 28.09.2008

As an ex apprentice of AWA ;I thought the Siskin was an important machine in the history of aviation.So when some years ado I was struck down with cancer;as a project I did a search for technical info on it.As a result,I saved some company construction drawings and have a copy of the AP.I endeavoured to chase up the remains of a Siskin that was supposed to be in a scrap yard in Canada,close to the Niagra Falls.I know it was there at some time previously; however my health was such that even with the best of intentions, my effort proved worthless.If anyone reads this who may know this scrap yard,will they please on my behalf pick up where I left off.You never know it could still be there.

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