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Sopwith Swallow


Utilising a Pup fuselage mated with a parasol wing, the Swallow single-seat fighter monoplane was powered by a 110hp Le Rhone 9J nine-cylinder rotary engine and carried the standard armament of twin synchronised 7.7mm machine guns. Flown for the first time in September 1918, the Swallow was delivered to Martlesham Heath for official trials on 29 October 1918, remaining there until May 1919, the trials having been delayed by fuel system problems. The performance of the Swallow as revealed at Martlesham did not warrant further development, and the prototype was scrapped.

Max take-off weight: 644 kg / 1420 lb
Empty weight: 403 kg / 888 lb
Wingspan: 8.79 m / 29 ft 10 in
Length: 5.72 m / 19 ft 9 in
Height: 3.10 m / 10 ft 2 in
Wing area: 14.86 sq.m / 159.95 sq ft
Max. speed: 182 km/h / 113 mph



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