© The four interconnected
ailerons could also be used as
flaps for take-off and landing.
© The Blackburd had a simple cockpit for a
pilot only. Later practice was to have multiple
ctew on all shipboard aircraft to handle
navigation, communication and self-defence.
© The undercarriage was quite complex, being
designed to come apart in various ways so
the Blackburd could land on water or land
using skids. The main legs were highly
sprung and very strong to withstand heavy
landings with no axle support.
© Just after take-off a lever in
the cockpit released the
wheels and returned the
aileron/flaps to the neutral
position. The same lever
released the torpedo
retaining straps and started
its motor prior to dropping.
© The Blackburd was designed for easy mass
production, with a box-like fuselage. The
first aircraft had a tapered cowl, but the
subsequent two were completely rectangular.