Utilising an F.1 Camel fuselage mated with a parasol
wing, the Swallow single-seat fighter monoplane was
powered by a 110hp Le Rhone 9J nine-cylinder rotary
engine and carried the standard armament of twin synchronised
7.7mm machine guns. Flown for
the first time in September 1918, the Swallow was delivered
to Martlesham Heath for official trials on 29
October 1918, remaining there until May 1919, the trials having been delayed by fuel system problems. The performance
of the Swallow as revealed at Martlesham did
not warrant further development, and the prototype
| Take-off weight||644 kg||1420 lb|
| Empty weight||403 kg||888 lb|
| Wingspan||8.79 m||29 ft 10 in|
| Length||5.72 m||19 ft 9 in|
| Height||3.10 m||10 ft 2 in|
| Wing area||14.86 m2||159.95 sq ft|
| Max. speed||182 km/h||113 mph|
Yep, I think it is a bit outdatted and outmoded for the kind of air warfare we are looking at in todays modern warfare. Trials have proven this aircraft could never out manouvre a Mig for example despite the continued support and recommendations of Mr McMurdie. Tee hee.
|Laurence Mcmurdie, 24.11.2007|
Sir Thomas Sopwith, speaking in 1911/12 remarked "If it is speed you want, the monoplane has it". I think Sir Thomas Sopwith wanted this aeroplane. He saw monoplanes as the coming thing for 1919.
Do you have any comments about this aircraft ?