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Armstrong Whitworth Armadillo


F Murphy, who had succeeded F Koolhoven as chief designer to Armstrong Whitworth, began the design of the Armadillo late in 1917 and the construction of two prototypes began early in 1918 as a private venture. The first of these was flown in April 1918 powered by a 230hp Bentley B.R.2 nine-cylinder rotary. The Armadillo had provision for an armament of two synchronised 7.7mm Vickers machine guns. Flying characteristics were declared to be unsatisfactory and flight testing was terminated in June 1918, the second prototype never being flown.

Engine: Bentley B.R.2 nine-cylinder rotary, 230hp
Take-off weight: 844 kg / 1861 lb
Empty weight: 567 kg / 1250 lb
Wingspan: 8.46 m / 27 ft 9 in
Length: 5.74 m / 18 ft 10 in
Height: 2.38 m / 7 ft 10 in
Wing area: 21.55 sq.m / 231.96 sq ft
Max. speed: 201 km/h / 125 mph


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