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Boulton & Paul P3 Bobolink


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Boulton & Paul had manufactured wooden buildings at its Norwich factory, and during World War I built aircraft under sub-contract. Among the types produced were the FE.2b and Camel, and the Bobolink was the result of a design competition to find a Camel replacement. Boulton & Paul's first aeroplane, the P.3 Bobolink designed by John D. North, was built only in prototype form.


The winner of the competition was the Sopwith Snipe, and the Boulton & Paul aircraft did not enter production. Three serial numbers were allocated for the prototypes, but records suggest that only one was built.


A Bobolink feature made it possible for the pilot to jettison its main fuel tanks in the event of an in-flight fire.

Engine: 1 x Bentley B.R.2 rotary piston engine, 172kW
Take-off weight: 904 kg / 1993 lb
Empty weight: 556 kg / 1226 lb
Wingspan: 8.84 m / 29 ft 0 in
Length: 6.10 m / 20 ft 0 in
Height: 2.54 m / 8 ft 4 in
Wing area: 24.71 sqm / 265.98 sq ft
Max. speed: 201 km/h / 125 mph

 

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