Evolved to meet the requirements of Specification
F.9/26, eventually satisfied by the Bristol Bulldog, the
Partridge, designed by J D North, was of all-metal construction
and its structure, surprisingly, was made up
in part of components already standardised for the P.29
Sidestrand bomber. Flown for the first time in 1928 with
a 440hp Bristol Jupiter VII nine-cylinder radial (which
it was intended to replace with the Mercury II in the unrealised
Partridge III), it carried the standard armament
of two 7.7mm Vickers machine guns in lateral
fuselage bulges. The Partridge was initially flown
with ailerons on the top wing only, but similar control
surfaces were later introduced on the lower wing also.
Only one prototype was built.
|A three-view drawing (1675 x 1108)|
| Take-off weight||1405 kg||3098 lb|
| Empty weight||917 kg||2022 lb|
| Wingspan||10.67 m||35 ft 0 in|
| Length||7.03 m||23 ft 1 in|
| Wing area||28.89 m2||310.97 sq ft|
| Max. speed||269 km/h||167 mph|
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