Jane's All The World Aircraft 1919
The Beardmore single seater torpedo-carrying, folding ship-aeroplane, type W.B. VI., was the result of one of the many efforts to produce a satisfactory, fast torpedo-carrier. The general arrangement is on conventional lines, with the pilot well hack in the fuselage.
The under-carriage is arranged to permit the stowage and dropping of a torpedo under the centre of gravity.
Specification.
Type of machine Biplane.
Name or type No. of machine W.B.VI.
Purpose for which intended Torpedo Carrier.
Span
Top 53 ft. 6.5 in.,
bottom 47 ft. 10.5 in.
Gap 7 ft. 6 in.
Overall length 34 ft.
Maximum height 12 ft. 6 in.
Chord
Top 8 ft. 10 in.,
bottom 7 ft. 9 in.
Total surface of wings,
including ailerons 796sq.ft.
Span of tail 15 ft. 9 in
Total area of tail 80 sq. ft.
Area of elevators 32.4 sq. ft.
Area of rudder 12 sq. ft.
Area of fin 10 sq. ft.
Area of each aileron 47.75 sq. ft. each,
total area 95.5 sq. ft. total
Maximum cross section of body 10 sq. ft.
Horizontal area of body 62 sq. ft.
Vertical area of body 100 sq. ft.
Engine type and h.p. Rolls-Royce Eagle 350 h.p.
Airscrew, diam. and revs. 12 ft., 1,080 r.p.m.
Weight of machine empty 3,027 lbs.
Load per sq. ft. 7 lbs.
Weight per h.p. 15.6 lbs.
Tank capacity in hours 3 hours.
Tank capacity in gallons 70 gallons.
Performance.
Speed low down 102 m.p.h.
Speed at 10,000 feet 91 m.p.h.
Landing speed 47 m.p.h.
Climb.
To 5,000 feet in minutes 13 minutes.
To 10,000 feet in minutes 41 minutes
Disposable load apart from fuel 2,060 lbs
Total weight of machine loaded 5,637 lbs