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.
|A three-view drawing (1260 x 1110)|
| Take-off weight||1351 kg||2978 lb|
| Empty weight||913 kg||2013 lb|
| Wingspan||9.91 m||33 ft 6 in|
| Length||7.97 m||26 ft 2 in|
| Height||3.02 m||10 ft 11 in|
| Wing area||32.14 m2||345.95 sq ft|
| Max. speed||227 km/h||141 mph|
| Cruise speed||166 km/h||103 mph|
|Don McDougall, 25.03.2018|
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.
Do you have any comments about this aircraft ?