Beardmore WB.II


Based on the design of the B.E.2c, the two-seat WB.II fighter was built as a private venture by G Tilghman-Richards of William Beardmore & Co. The W.B.II was powered by a 200hp Hispano-Suiza 8Bd eight-cylinder water-cooled engine and carried an armament of two fixed synchronised 7.7mm Vickers guns and a single 7.7mm Lewis gun on a swivelling Beardmore- Richards mounting. The W.B.II was first flown on 30 August 1917, and performance proved good, but the Hispano-Suiza engine was in short supply and was required for the S.E.5a single-seater. No production of the W.B.II was undertaken, although two civil examples were built in 1920 as the W.B.IIB.

Engine: 200hp Hispano-Suiza 8Bd
Take-off weight: 1202 kg / 2650 lb
Empty weight: 800 kg / 1764 lb
Wingspan: 10.62 m / 34 ft 10 in
Length: 8.18 m / 26 ft 10 in
Height: 3.05 m / 10 ft 0 in
Wing area: 32.88 sq.m / 353.92 sq ft
Max. speed: 193 km/h / 120 mph