The second all-metal fighter designed by H P Folland,
the Goldfinch was ordered in January 1926 as an all-metal
version of the Gamecock, but, as initially completed,
the prototype embodied a proportion of wood in
its fuselage structure. After initial trials, the prototype
was reworked, a lengthened, all-metal fuselage and revised tail unit being applied. In its new form, the prototype
Goldfinch was delivered to Martlesham Heath late
1927. Powered by a supercharged 450hp Bristol Jupiter
VIIF nine-cylinder radial, and having two 7.7mm Vickers Mk I synchronised machine guns, the
Goldfinch offered an extremely good performance, but
in competing for a production contract to Specification
F.9/26 it was bested by the Bristol Bulldog.
|A three-view drawing (800 x 599)|
| Take-off weight||1468 kg||3236 lb|
| Empty weight||933 kg||2057 lb|
| Wingspan||9.14 m||30 ft 0 in|
| Length||6.78 m||22 ft 3 in|
| Height||3.20 m||11 ft 6 in|
| Wing area||25.48 m2||274.26 sq ft|
| Max. speed||277 km/h||172 mph|
I am sure the photograph is in fact a Gamecock and not a Goldfinch.
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