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Wolf
Role trainer
Manufacturer Armstrong Whitworth Aircraft
First flight 19 January 1923
Introduced 1923
Retired 1931
Primary users Royal Air Force
Royal Aircraft Establishment
Produced 1923-1929
Number built 6

The Armstrong Whitworth Wolf was a British two-seat reconnaissance aircraft ordered by the Royal Air Force in 1923.

It was a two-bay biplane of unorthodox design, with the fuselage mounted between the two sets of wings. No production order was placed, and the three machines built served their days at the Royal Aircraft Establishment at Farnborough as experimental testbeds.

Alongside the RAF's order in 1923, Armstrong Whitworth also built two for the RAF Reserve Flying School at Whitley, and a final, sixth aircraft in 1929. As trainers, they proved popular with pilots, although less so with ground crews for whom the rigging and undercarriage were awkward to maintain.

All Wolves were retired from service in 1931 and all but the most recently-built were scrapped. The final aircraft was taken to Hamble for use as an instructional airframe.

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Operators

 United Kingdom

Specifications (Wolf)

Data from Armstrong Whitworth Aircraft since 1913 [1]

General characteristics

  • Crew: two: pilot and observer or instructor
  • Length: 31 ft 0 in (9.45 m)
  • Wingspan: 39 ft 10 in (12.14 m)
  • Height: 13 ft (3.96 m)
  • Wing area: 488 sq. ft (45.3 m²)
  • Empty weight: 2,690 lb (1,220 kg)
  • Loaded weight: 4,090 lb (1,855 kg)
  • Powerplant:Armstrong Siddeley Jaguar III 14-cylinder two-row air-cooled radial engine, 350 hp (260 kW)

Performance

Armament

See also

Related lists

Notes

  1. ^ Tapper 1988, p.151.

References

  • Tapper, Oliver (1988). Armstrong Whitworth Aircraft since 1913. London: Putnam. ISBN 0 85177 826 7.  
  • Taylor, Michael J. H. (1989). Jane's Encyclopedia of Aviation. London: Studio Editions. pp. 81.  
  • World Aircraft Information Files. London: Bright Star Publishing. pp. File 889 Sheet 80.  

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