Hawker Woodcock II
1924
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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.

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


Specification 
 WEIGHTS
    Take-off weight1351 kg2978 lb
    Empty weight913 kg2013 lb
 DIMENSIONS
    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
 PERFORMANCE
    Max. speed227 km/h141 mph
    Cruise speed166 km/h103 mph

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