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White Falcon
Role personal transport
National origin United Kingdom
Manufacturer Blackburn Aeroplane and Motor Co. Ltd
First flight 1915-6
Number built 1

The Blackburn White Falcon was a two-seat single-engine monoplane built as a personal transport for Blackburn's test pilot during the First World War. Only one was built.

Development

The White Falcon[1] was built by Blackburn during 1915 for the personal use of their test pilot, W. Rowland Dring. It was a mid-wing, wire braced monoplane with open cockpits for pilot and passenger, powered by an uncowled 100 hp (75 kW) Anzani radial engine driving a four-blade 9 ft (2.74 m) diameter propeller. The wings were of parallel chord and generally like those of the Improved Type I, though 1 ft (31 cm) greater in span, similarly wire braced to an inverted V kingpost and to the undercarriage. The wing warping wires also ran via the kingpost. The White Falcon initially used a standard B.E.2c undercarriage (Blackburn's were one company manufacturing these aircraft during the war) but this was replaced later with a simpler structure without skids.[1]

The fuselage was a standard Blackburn Warren girder structure, though of square rather than the company's previously favoured triangular cross-section. The decking was rounded. While the tailplane was like that of the Improved Type I, the fin and rudder formed a neat triangular shape with a vertical trailing edge.[1]

The first flight date is not known nor is there much information on its use. It has been suggested[2] that it was used by Dring to communicate with RNAS stations that had received Blackburn built B.E.2c machines, and to collect their delivery pilots. In the winter of 1916-17 it wore RAF roundels but no serial number. Rowland Dring died in a B.E.2c crash in Leeds on 12 May 1917.[1]

Specifications

Data from Jackson 1968, pp. 104

General characteristics

  • Crew: 1
  • Capacity: 1 passenger
  • Length: 26 ft 11¼ in (8.21 m)
  • Wingspan: 39 ft 6 in (12.04 m)
  • Wing area: 209 ft² (19.4 m²)
  • Powerplant: 1 × 10 cylinder Anzani radial, 100 hp (75 kW)

References

  1. ^ a b c d Jackson 1968, pp. 102-5
  2. ^ Jackson 1968 p.103
  • Jackson, A.J. (1968). Blackburn Aircraft since 1909. London: Putnam Publishing. ISBN 0 370 00053 6.  
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