Hawker Woodcock II


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Hawker Woodcock II

The task of redesigning the Woodcock was undertaken by W G Carter, who, in fact, retained little of the original design apart from the fundamental fuselage structure. A new single-bay wing cellule was adopted, with marginally increased incidence and chord, and reduced sweepback. The fuselage decking was recontoured, tail surfaces were redesigned and the armament was repositioned. Powered by a 380hp Bristol Jupiter IV nine-cylinder radial like that eventually installed in the original Woodcock, but featuring individual cylinder helmets, a new prototype designated Woodcock II was flown early in 1924. The redesigned fighter overcame most of the shortcomings of its progenitor, and a contract was placed on behalf of the RAF before the end of 1924. Similarly armed to the original fighter prototype, the Woodcock II was awarded successive contracts, a total of 62 being built, with deliveries being completed in 1927. The type served with two RAF squadrons until 1928, some late production examples being fitted with the Jupiter IV uprated to 416hp.

Hawker Woodcock IIA three-view drawing (1260 x 1110)

  Take-off weight1351 kg2978 lb
  Empty weight913 kg2013 lb
  Wingspan9.91 m33 ft 6 in
  Length7.97 m26 ft 2 in
  Height3.02 m10 ft 11 in
  Wing area32.14 m2345.95 sq ft
  Max. speed227 km/h141 mph
  Cruise speed166 km/h103 mph

Don McDougall, e-mail, 25.03.2018 19:46

Hello, I have a watercolour dating from 1925 of the MKii which i think was either the prototype or the first one in service in the RAF, going by the serial number on the tail. The MKi had the serial of J6987, the one i have depicted in my watercolour is J6988.


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