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Ayr flying-boat

While the company were working on the Kingston they decided to experiment with a design for a small flying boat. The aircraft was a single-engined biplane flying-boat named the Ayr and was built in 1924. The hull was designed by Linton Hope, who had designed the Kingston hulls. An unusual feature was the lower wing, or stub wing mounted low down on the hull. It was designed to carry bombs underneath the stub-wings, these would have been underwater when the aircraft was afloat. During trials the aircraft rolled to the right and refused to become airborne.

Engine: 1× Napier Lion IIB 12-cylinder 'broad arrow' piston engine, 450 hp (336 kW)
Length: 40 ft 8 in (12.40 m)
Wingspan: 46 ft 0 in (14.02 m)
Height: 13 ft 8 in (4.12 m)
Wing area: 466 sq ft (43.3 m²)
Empty weight: 4,406 lb (2,003 kg)
Loaded weight: 6,846 lb (3,112 kg)
Maximum speed: 127 mph (110 knots, 204 km/h)
Service ceiling: 14,500 ft (4,400 m)
Armament: 2 x 0.303 in (7.7 mm) Lewis machine guns
Crew: 3


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