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Beardmore WB.26


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In the early 1920’s William Beardmore & Co began development on a tandem two-seat fighter under Latvian contract.

Designed by W.S. Shackleton and designated W.B.26, it was of mixed construction with plywood skinning and powered by a 360hp Rolls-Royce Eagle IX liquid-cooled engine. First flown in 1925. Featuring aerofoil-section interplane bracing struts and angularly-clean lines, the W.B.26 had two Constantinesco-synchronised Beardmore- Farquhar machine guns and a similar weapon on a Scarff mounting in the rear cockpit. The slab-sided fuselage was suspended between the wings, the lower wing being faired into the fuselage by a Lamblin radiator block.
Only the single prototype of the W.B.26 fighter was built.


Engine: 360hp Rolls-Royce Eagle IX
Take-off weight: 1805 kg / 3979 lb
Empty weight: 1159 kg / 2555 lb
Wingspan: 11.28 m / 37 ft 0 in
Wing area: 33.07 sq.m / 355.96 sq ft
Max. speed: 233 km/h / 145 mph

 

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