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Armstrong Whitworth F.K.1

Страна: Великобритания

Год: 1914

Armstrong - monoplane - 1910 - Великобритания<– –>Armstrong Whitworth - F.K.3 - 1915 - Великобритания


M.Goodall, A.Tagg British Aircraft before the Great War (Schiffer)


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O.Tapper Armstrong Whitworth Aircraft since 1913 (Putnam)


The first Armstrong Whitworth aeroplane to be designed by Koolhoven was a small single-seater. This aeroplane was known, probably correctly, as the F.K.I; the qualification arises because there is considerable uncertainty about the true sequence of the F.K. numbers. Koolhoven himself seems to have applied, in retrospect, F.K. numbers to all the designs with which he had been in any way concerned, and in one Dutch publication the F.K.I appears as the F.K.14. The uncertainty about the F.K. numbers is made worse by the secrecy concerning its experimental types which Armstrong Whitworth maintained even after the war.
  The F.K.I, originally planned as a monoplane, was altered in the design stage to a biplane. It was a simple, straightforward, single-seat aircraft with single-bay wings, no stagger and a large gap. The fuselage terminated in a horizontal knife-edge, and there were divided elevators but no fixed tailplane. When first flown, by Koolhoven himself, the F.K.I proved to be seriously underpowered, having been fitted with a Gnome engine of 50 hp in place of the intended 80 hp version. Later, the aircraft was given larger ailerons and a fixed tailplane and in this form was flown by B. C. Hucks and some naval pilots; but there was clearly no future for the type and its development was abandoned.

M.Goodall, A.Tagg - British Aircraft before the Great War /Schiffer/
Armstrong Whitworth FK1. Koolhoven's first design for this large armament company.
The completed F.K.l, also known as the Sissit, was originally designed as a monoplane. It was first flown by Koolhoven himself, probably in 1914.
M.Goodall, A.Tagg - British Aircraft before the Great War /Schiffer/
Armstrong Whitworth FK1 with modified ailerons.
O.Tapper - Armstrong Whitworth Aircraft since 1913 /Putnam/
B.E.2c aircraft on the assembly line at Gosforth during the early months of 1915. On the left is the fuselage of the F.K.I single-seat biplane.