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Currie Wot




The Currie Wot is a single seat biplane designed by the late John Currie in Great Britain in 1937. Two were built by Cinque Ports Aviation at Lympne in 1937 but were destroyed in an air raid in 1940.
Several examples have been built by amateurs since then and a variety of engines fitted. These include the 37 h.p. lAP, 65 h.p. Mikron, 65 h.p. Continental and an experi­mentally fitted Rover turbo-prop engine. The larger VW engine should also be suitable. The aircraft has recently been restressed to 6g at an A.U.W. of 900 lb. The fuselage is a conventional box structure, having spruce longerons and struts, and is plywood covered. The wings consist of four separate panels and a centre section, each having two solid spruce spars, built up girder ribs and fabric covering. Ailerons are fitted to the lower wings only. The empennage is a wooden structure, fabric covered. An alternative rounded rudder may be fitted. Longitudinal trim is obtained by an elevator trim tab. The undercarriage is made up of steel tube and incorporates rubber cord shock absorbers. A 12 Imp. gallon fuel tank is located behind the firewall.
After the War the design was revived by Viv Bellamy of the Hampshire Aero Club who built two machines and marketed plans until the rights were sold to Wot-builder Dr. J.H.B.Urmston, who marketed the type under the name of Botley Aircraft. Since then, Phoenix have been marketing the type.
An adaptable airframe, both the Isaacs Fury and SE.5 replicas have been built using the airframe.
The number of different engines and designs has led to a whole series of semi-official names for it. These have included:
Hot Wot – G-APNT fitted with a Walter Mikron II
Hotter Wot – G-APNT fitted with a Walter Mikron III
Jet Wot – G-APWT fitter with a Rover gas-turbine test-bed
Super Wot – G-AVEY with a Pobjoy and re-styled fuselage
Wet Wot – G-APNT and G-APWT with floats
Wot Special – G-AYMP with tail surface improvements


Phoenix Currie Wot


Rover gas turbine powered Currie Wot, early 1960

Engine: Continental, 65 h.p.
Span: 22’ 1”.
Length: 18’ 3”.
Wing Area: 151 sq. ft.
Empty Weight: 550 lb.
Max Weight: 900 lb.
Wing Loading: 5.96 lb/sq. ft.
Max. Speed: 100 m.p.h.
Cruise Speed: 90 m.p.h.
Climb: 600 fpm.
Range: 340 miles.

Engine: Continental O-200, 100 hp.
Cruise: 75 kts.

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