Folland Fo.139 Midge
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Folland Fo.139 Midge

The prototype flew for the first time on August 11, 1954. One built. Followed by Fo.141 "Gnat".

Folland Fo.139 MidgeA three-view drawing (600 x 876)

 ENGINE1 x Armstrong Siddeley Viper 101, 744kg
    Take-off weight2041 kg4500 lb
    Wingspan6.3 m21 ft 8 in
    Length8.76 m29 ft 9 in
    Height2.82 m9 ft 3 in
    Wing area11.61 m2124.97 sq ft
    Max. speed966 km/h600 mph
    Ceiling12190 m40000 ft

Geoffrey Stacy, 06.08.2011

Query for Terence Burke please. I too was at the Farnborough Airshow in 1954. From your brochure/Programme would you be kind enough to e-mail me the exact date of that Show and also the other great features. I remember the mighty Comet and a spectacular flypast and display of aeronautics. Many thanks if you can do that for me. Best wishes. Geoffrey Stacy

Terence Burke, 29.09.2010

I remmember as a young lad seeing the "Midge" (Blue paint job) flying at the Farnborough Airshow 1954.
I still have the Airshow programme to back this up

If I remember, the press reports after the show were full of praise for this small agile prototype.

Joseph J. Merchant, 08.02.2010

I witnessed this aircraft flying over the Vickers factory, Swindon, Wilts. It was around 1954 flying , what I assumed a air to air photo shoot,in and out of formation with a Lancaster. On one pass the pilot took action to avoid a collision, As a young boy I took it the pilot was showing the aircraft off to a competitiive company, who knows?.
Very exciting. Joe Mercahnt (Ex Biggin Hill 1954 - 2007)

Davidf Nevans, 16.11.2009

There is one at the RAF Cosford Museum and I could rest my arms on toip of the canopy!

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