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Hawker Woodcock

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The Woodcock was designed by Capt B Thomson to meet Specification 25/22 calling for a single-seat night interceptor fighter. Of wooden construction with fabric skinning, the Woodcock was a two-bay biplane with variable-camber flaps and a 358hp Armstrong Siddeley Jaguar IX 14- cylinder radial. Mounting an armament of two 7.7mm Vickers guns, the Woodcock was flown in 1923, but its qualities proved disappointing. Lacking manoeuvrability, it suffered serious wing flutter and an ineffectual rudder. Several revisions of the vertical tail were undertaken, and the Jaguar engine was replaced by a Bristol Jupiter, but the Woodcock failed to find favour during Martlesham Heath evaluation. Further development was discarded in favour of a redesign that led to the Woodcock II.

Engine: 1 x Bristol Jupiter IX, 400 hp
Max take-off weight: 1371 kg / 3023 lb
Empty weight: 945 kg / 2083 lb
Wingspan: 10.57 m / 34 ft 8 in
Length: 7.80 m / 25 ft 7 in
Height: 2.74 m / 8 ft 12 in
Wing area: 33.07 sq.m / 355.96 sq ft
Max. Speed: 230 km/h / 143 mph
Cruise speed: 169 km/h / 105 mph
Armament: 2 x 7.7mm machine-guns

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