To meet a requirement for a diminutive lightweight
single-seat airship interceptor suitable for operation
from platforms on relatively small seagoing vessels, the
Depot produced the P.V.7 to the designs of W H Sayers.
To become known as the Grain Kitten to distinguish it
from a competitive design created by the RNAS Experimental
Flight at Eastchurch (which accordingly became
known as the Eastchurch Kitten), the P.V.7 was
an extremely small sesquiplane intended to be
powered by a 45hp geared ABC Gnat two-cylinder air-cooled
engine. Armament consisted of a single 7.7mm machine gun mounted above the wing centre
section. Unavailability of the geared Gnat engine led to
installation of a 35hp direct-drive Gnat with which the
P.V.7 was completed in the summer of 1917. Difficulties
were experienced with the engine from the start of
flight testing in June, the aircraft being tail-heavy and
performance disappointing. A series of modifications
was introduced, but the P.V.7 was not flown subsequently.
|A three-view drawing (1663 x 1200)|
| Take-off weight||223 kg||492 lb|
| Empty weight||123 kg||271 lb|
| Wingspan||5.49 m||18 ft 0 in|
| Length||4.55 m||15 ft 11 in|
| Height||1.60 m||5 ft 3 in|
| Wing area||7.90 m2||85.03 sq ft|
| Max. speed||143 km/h||89 mph|
|TORBJÍRN KAMPE, 10.04.2015|
It's fun to know that this is the first World War smallest fighter aircraft that was there.
These men except from inperiet England and Northern Ireland.
I wish I owned a fun little airplanes except its fighters.
This is contemporary BD-5.
|Quincy Jay, 25.04.2008|
What was the span of the lower wing on this aircraft?
Do you have any comments about this aircraft ?