Basically a landplane version of the Short 184 powered normally by a 186kW Rolls-Royce Eagle III engine and featuring a four-wheel main landing gear. Eighty-two production aircraft were built for the RNAS out of 110 ordered, some of which were later transferred to the RFC and one was presented to the French government. Maximum level speed was 124km/h.
| ENGINE||1 x 225hp Sunbeam or 1 x 250hp Rolls-Royce (Eagle)|
| Take-off weight||3087 kg||6806 lb|
| Empty weight||2270 kg||5005 lb|
| Wingspan||25.60 m||84 ft 0 in|
| Length||13.72 m||45 ft 0 in|
| Height||4.57 m||15 ft 0 in|
| Wing area||80.83 m2||870.05 sq ft|
| Max. speed||124 km/h||77 mph|
| Ceiling||3231 m||10600 ft|
| ARMAMENT||1 x 7.7mm machine-gun, 6 x 30kg bombs|
|A three-view drawing (644 x 634)|
|Klaatu83, klaatu83=lycos.com, 02.11.2012|
This was Britain's first strategic bomber, and was actually designed for use by the Royal Navy, rather than the British Army's Royal Flying Corps. It was put into operational service quickly in order to fill-in until the plane the Navy really wanted, the larger twin-engine Handley-Page 0-100, could be developed and produced.
|Martin Giles, mgiles=dslextreme.com, 12.03.2009|
Every other source I have (6) quotes the span as 85ft. The metric conversion is correct but...a foot off. And, 12 in is 1 foot.
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