Designed by Harris Booth, who was also responsible
for the A.D. Scout, the Blackburn single-seat fighter triplane
was intended to carry a single Davis two-pounder
quick-fire recoilless gun firing from the nose of the
nacelle and was conceived for the anti-Zeppelin role.
Possessing a fabric-covered airframe, the triplane was
initially flown early in 1917 with a 100hp Clerget 9Z
nine-cylinder rotary engine driving a four-bladed propeller.
The Clerget was soon replaced by a Gnome
Monosoupape nine-cylinder rotary of 100hp driving a
two-blade propeller and the triplane was accepted by
the Admiralty on 20 February 1917, but was struck off
charge as unsatisfactory four weeks later, on 19 March.
|A three-view drawing (1280 x 826)|
| Take-off weight||680 kg||1499 lb|
| Empty weight||458 kg||1010 lb|
| Wingspan||7.31 m||24 ft 0 in|
| Length||6.53 m||21 ft 5 in|
| Height||2.59 m||9 ft 6 in|
| Wing area||20.53 m2||220.98 sq ft|
| Max. speed||145 km/h||90 mph|
This was not really a Blackburn design, but was built on contract for an outside designer. It's peculiar appearance was due to the fact that it was designed around it's armament, a 37mm Davis recoiless cannon, which was a somewhat large and cumbersome weapon to put in a small single-seater. It was also designed to meet the need for good pilot visibility from the cockpit, especially at night.
This plane was intended to intercept Zeppelins over Britain rather than to dog-fight against other fighters over the Western Front. At that time the British were putting a lot of effort into figuring out a viable means of intercepting Zeppelins in their airspace, especially at night, which was when they mostly made their appearance. Nevertheless, this aircraft's performance was such that it would probably not even have been able to catch up with the Zeppelins it was intended to destroy. In any case, it probably would have proved too much for any pilot to be able to both fly a plane and operate the single-shot Davis Gun at the same time.
|paulo vieira, 27.04.2010|
Sera que alguem tem planta desta beldade para o radio control...........
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