Westland Witch


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Westland Witch

In the middle 1920's, the Air Ministry issued a Specification for a single-engined high-altitude day-bomber and the Westland design staff, by then thoroughly monoplane-minded, seized the opportunity to produce the Witch, a two-seat parasol monoplane. Judged by its contemporaries this machine was impressive, and a well-considered attempt at securing an aerodynamic advance in design. Compared with biplanes it had a not disadvantageous structural weight, adding its quota of evidence that the high-wing type advocated by Westland was the lighter manner of building a monoplane.

First flown in 1928, by Flt.-Lt. L. G. Paget, A.F.C., the Witch had an ingenious external structure, forming part of the wing bracing system, which enabled a large clear space to be left in the fuselage for internal bomb-stowage. The bomb compartment closed by four flap-doors in the front fuselage floor, and was so arranged that they would flick open by the weight of the bombs, in the event of an emergency release preventing manual opening.

Although it was a good weight lifter, neither the Witch nor its competitors showed a performance which gave a sufficient improvement above the existing day-bombers, and the class was dropped. However, the Westland example, J.8596, had a useful career as an experimental aircraft and finally served for a long period with the Parachute Training Unit at Henlow.

A.H.Lukins "The Book of Westland Aircraft", 1943

Westland Witch

 ENGINE1 x 480hp Bristol Jupiter VIIIF 9-cylinder air-cooled geared radial engine
  Take-off weight2744 kg6050 lb
  Empty weight1533 kg3380 lb
  Wingspan18.5 m61 ft 8 in
  Length11.4 m37 ft 5 in
  Height3.4 m11 ft 2 in
  Wing area49.6 m2533.89 sq ft

Westland WitchA three-view drawing (802 x 1084)

beifang, 21.06.2011 06:12

experimental aircraft and finally served for a long period with the Parachute Training Unit at Henlow.


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