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Parnall Plover

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Designed by Harold Bolas to meet a specification (6/22) for a single-seat shipboard fighter to succeed the Gloster Mars X Nightjar, the Plover appeared in 1922, three prototypes were built.

Of wood and fabric construction, and designed around a 436 hp Bristol Jupiter IV nine-cylinder radial, the Plover could be fitted with either a normal wheel undercarriage or with twin floats from which wheels projected to provide amphibious capability.

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Armed with two synchronised 0.303-in (7,7- mm) guns, the Plover was ordered into small-scale production, ten were built of which at least six served briefly with Fleet Fighter Flights, before being superseded by the superior Fairey Flycatcher.

Engine: 436 hp Bristol Jupiter IV
Max take-off weight: 1354 kg / 2985 lb
Empty weight: 923 kg / 2035 lb
Wingspan: 8.84 m / 29 ft 0 in
Length: 7.00 m / 23 ft 12 in
Height: 3.65 m / 12 ft 0 in
Wing area: 28.43 sq.m / 306.02 sq ft
Max. speed: 228 km/h / 142 mph

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