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Blackburn Type I



Developing precious designs, Blackburn built a two-seat version designated Type I, the first of these flying in August 1913. Powered by an 80-hp (60-kW) Gnome rotary engine, the Type I carried out a considerable amount of flying before another Type I followed. A single-seater with the same engine, and in turn an 'Improved Type I' appeared. It, too, saw much use, and was rebuilt eventually as a floatplane trainer with an Anzani engine for the Northern Aircraft Co. at Lake Windermere. Many pilots of the Royal Naval Air Service received their basic training on this 'Land/Sea Monoplane', before it was written off on 1st April 1916.






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