Westland Wapiti
1927
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Westland Wapiti

The Wapiti was a two-seat general-purpose biplane incorporating in its design several de Havilland D.H.9A component parts as requested by the Air Ministry. The prototype first flew in March 1927 and the initial order for 25 production Mk I included one specially modified aircraft with a more luxurious rear cockpit for the Prince of Wales to fly in.

Mk I were powered by 313kW Bristol Jupiter VI engines, but subsequent Mk II and Mk IIA had 343kW Jupiter VI and 391.2kW Jupiter VIIIF or similar engines respectively. Small numbers of lengthened Wapiti V and unarmed Mk VI trainers brought total production for the RAF to 501; while the type was also adopted by Australia, South Africa (also built under licence), Canada, India and China.

Westland Wapiti


Specification 
 MODEL"Wapiti" Mk IIA
 ENGINE1 x Bristol Jupiter VIII, 358kW
 WEIGHTS
    Take-off weight2449 kg5399 lb
    Empty weight1728 kg3810 lb
 DIMENSIONS
    Wingspan14.15 m46 ft 5 in
    Length9.65 m32 ft 8 in
    Height3.61 m12 ft 10 in
    Wing area43.48 m2468.01 sq ft
 PERFORMANCE
    Max. speed225 km/h140 mph
    Ceiling6280 m20600 ft
    Range853 km530 miles
 ARMAMENT2 x 7.7mm machine-guns, 263kg of bombs

3-View 
Westland WapitiA three-view drawing (791 x 1078)

Comments
richard pratt, 10.12.2012

The Wapiti was used for the first ever flight over Mt Everest.It was an excellent aircraft, and the RAF had 512, and other customers another 500.

juankuan, 20.06.2011

while the type was also adopted by Australia, South Africa (also built under licence), Canada, India and China.

, 20.06.2011

Westland Wapiti
1927

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