|Самолеты (сортировка по:)|
|Austin - A.F.B.1 - 1917 - Великобритания||<–||–>||Austin - Greyhound - 1918 - Великобритания|
|P.Lewis - The British Fighter since 1912 /Putnam/|
|The sole example of the A.F.T.3 Osprey to be completed and flown.
The A.F.T.3 Osprey was intended to compete with the Snipe, but proved inferior.
|Jane's All The World Aircraft 1919 /Jane's/|
|Side View of an Experimental Austin Triplane
||H.Cowin - Aviation Pioneers /Osprey/|
|If nothing else this trim-looking triplane helps illustrate the point that for every winning design, a number of other design submissions fall by the wayside. First flown in February 1918, the company-funded Austin AFT 3 Osprey was designed to meet the same Air Board's Type A 1(a) requirement that led to the production contract for Sopwith's Snipe. Powered by a 230hp Bentley BR 2, the Osprey's top level speed was 118.5mph at 10.000 feet, this height being reached in 10 minutes 20 seconds. Armament consisted of three forward-firing .303-inch guns, of which two were fixed and synchronised Vickers, backed by an overwing Lewis that could be swivelled in elevation for 'belly-raking' an adversary's underside. Only the first of the three examples on which work had commenced was to be completed and flown. It is seen here at Farnborough in mid-June 1918, following its Martlesham Heath trials of March 1918.
||W.Green, G.Swanborough - The Complete Book of Fighters|