A further private venture design for the F.7/30 competition,
the Type 133 single-seat fighter featured a forward
fuselage of girder-type construction, a monocoque
rear fuselage and Alclad stressed skinning.
Powered by a Bristol Mercury VIS.2 rated at 620hp for
take-off and carrying an armament of two synchronised
7.7mm Vickers guns in the fuselage and a
Lewis gun of similar calibre mounted above each mainwheel
housing, the Type 133 flew for the first time on 8
June 1934. After completing a considerable amount of
flying, on 8 March 1935 the prototype got into a flat spin
and the engine stopped, the pilot baling out and the aircraft
being destroyed. No further development was
|A three-view drawing (1280 x 942)|
| Take-off weight||2149 kg||4738 lb|
| Empty weight||1053 kg||2321 lb|
| Wingspan||11.89 m||39 ft 0 in|
| Length||8.53 m||28 ft 0 in|
| Height||2.97 m||10 ft 9 in|
| Wing area||22.95 m2||247.03 sq ft|
| Max. speed||418 km/h||260 mph|
The Mercury IX 850hp only powered the Gladiator to 257mph. The Mercury VI 620hp powered the type 133 to 260mph. Think what even a Mercury IX could have done for it. How about a Hercules?
W.T. Campbell entered a spin with the undercarriage unintentionally down. Give it a Perseus and the Gloster Gladiator would not be able to compete.
|leo rudnicki, 15.04.2009|
This aircraft oozes a certain "je ne sais qwhat" Sort of a British Breda 65. The attempt at monocoque probably explains why Sir Sidney built the Hurricane in tube and rag. The prototype accidentally collided with some farm machinery and was re-assembled without a manual. No offence against farm machinery intended. I don't know good from bad but I know terrible.
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