Parnall Pipit


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Parnall Pipit

A fabric-covered all-metal single-seat shipboard fighter designed by Harold Bolas to Specification 21/26, the Pipit equi-span single-bay staggered biplane was powered by a 495hp Rolls-Royce F.XI 12-cylinder water-cooled engine and could be fitted with either wheels or floats. The first of two prototypes was flown in 1928, but crashed when a tailplane spar failed as a result of flutter. The second prototype, with a 520hp F.XIIS engine and many other changes, was also lost as a result of violent flutter which fractured the sternpost whereupon the vertical tail surfaces were carried away. Further development of the Pipit was then abandoned.

Parnall PipitA three-view drawing (800 x 589)

  Take-off weight1805 kg3979 lb
  Wingspan10.67 m35 ft 0 in
  Length7.92 m26 ft 0 in
  Height3.18 m10 ft 5 in
  Max. speed278 km/h173 mph

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