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Armstrong Whitworth AW.52G / AW.52




The Armstrong Whitworth A.W.52 was a flying wing type that was also intended to evaluate a configuration for a transport aeroplane with six jet engines. The basic design was validated in the A.W.52G glider, and the first of two A.W.52s with two 5000-lb (2268-kg) thrust Rolls-Royce Nene turbojets flew in November 1947.


The first prototype, TS363, was lost in May 1949, its pilot being the first in the UK to use a Martin-Baker ejection seat in an emergency.
A.W.52 TS363, 1948 SBAC Display, Farnborough

Although benefits were possible with such aircraft, financial problems finally curtailed the programme in 1950.



Engines: 2 x 2270kg Rolls-Royce Nene
Take-off weight: 15490 kg / 34150 lb
Empty weight: 8917 kg / 19659 lb
Wingspan: 27.43 m / 89 ft 12 in
Length: 11.38 m / 37 ft 4 in
Height: 4.39 m / 14 ft 5 in
Wing area: 122.07 sq.m / 1313.95 sq ft
Max. speed: 805 km/h / 500 mph
Range: 2414 km / 1500 miles





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