Originally intended for a 200hp Hispano-Suiza engine,
the Scout F was initiated by Frank Barnwell in June
1917, subsequently being redesigned to take a 200hp
Sunbeam Arab II eight-cylinder water-cooled engine.
This power plant had been ordered into large-scale production
in January 1917, before adequate testing had
been undertaken. Six prototypes of the Scout F were
ordered, the first of these flying in March 1918, by which
time it had been decided to complete only the first two
aircraft with Arab engines. The Scout F possessed excellent
flying qualities, but its Arab engine proved
totally unreliable. Nevertheless, the second prototype
was completed and flown, flight testing continuing into
1919. Armament comprised two synchronised 7.7mm Vickers guns.
|A three-view drawing (1280 x 924)|
| Take-off weight||1002 kg||2209 lb|
| Empty weight||651 kg||1435 lb|
| Wingspan||9.03 m||30 ft 8 in|
| Length||6.35 m||21 ft 10 in|
| Height||2.54 m||8 ft 4 in|
| Wing area||24.15 m2||259.95 sq ft|
| Max. speed||222 km/h||138 mph|
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