The Ripon was a torpedo-bomber with a steel-tube fuselage and wooden wings, first flown as the Ripon I in 1926. The first of 20 aerodynamically cleaner Ripon IIs replaced the Blackburn Darts of Nos 460, 461 and 462 Flights, FAA, on board HMS Glorious and Furious in 1929.
Forty Ripon IIAs with shorter-span duralumin wing-ribs and smaller rudders were built during 1930-31. Five of these belonging to No 460 Flight went to Buenos Aires on board HMS Eagle in 1931 and were used for formation flying over the British Empire Exhibition during March and April. Thirty-one Ripon IICs with additional sweep-back and steel wing-spars were delivered during 1931-32. Earlier marks were thereafter returned
to Blackburn for modification to this standard. Ripon IICs formed the equipment of Nos 465 and 466 Flights on board Furious in 1931, but in 1933 all the Flights were regrouped. The IICs remained in service until 1934.
One Ripon IIF, with a Bristol Jupiter radial engine, was delivered to Finland in September 1929, where 25 others were constructed with plywood-covered fuselages and wheel/float/ski landing gears. These saw service against the Russians during the 1939 'Winter War'.
| MODEL||Ripon IIA|
| ENGINE||1 x Napier Lion XIA, 425kW|
| Take-off weight||3359 kg||7405 lb|
| Wingspan||13.67 m||45 ft 10 in|
| Length||11.2 m||37 ft 9 in|
| Height||3.91 m||13 ft 10 in|
| Wing area||63.45 m2||682.97 sq ft|
| Max. speed||203 km/h||126 mph|
| Cruise speed||175 km/h||109 mph|
| Ceiling||3000 m||9850 ft|
| Range w/max.fuel||1705 km||1059 miles|
| ARMAMENT||2 x 7.7mm machine-guns, one torpedo or 680kg of bombs|
|A three-view drawing (666 x 594)|
|JOHN MANTOVA, 10.11.2015|
Are there any actual plans or blue print available for these aircraft or photographs. Coloured if possible ? Or even a museum example ? Thanks
Essentially, the Ripon was a cleaned-up version of the Dart single-seat carrier-based torpedo bomber, with an additional seat to accommodate a navigator/observer/rear gunner, so that the aircraft could carry out long-range reconnaissance missions in addition to it's main role of torpedo-bombing. The Ripon was very successful and, during the early 1930s, many of them were re-engined with Bristol Pegasus radial engines to become Blackburn Baffins, in which guise they served for several more years. A few Baffins were still used operationally in New Zealand, for coastal patrol, at the beginning of World War II.
Do you have any comments about this aircraft ?