S.Ransom, R.Fairclough English Electric Aircraft and their Predecessors (Putnam)
This project number was given to two machines. Both designs were prepared to specification N.2b under an Admiralty contract signed in 1917. The machines were allocated serial numbers N22 and N23. Each machine had a crew of two and was powered by one 200 hp Hispano-Suiza engine. Armament consisted of one fixed Vickers gun for the pilot and a Lewis gun for the observer. Three 65 lb bombs were carried.
The first design was a tractor type which had a two-tier fuselage. The upper part carried the engine and tail unit and was attached to the lower hull by extensions of the centre-section interplane struts. Span 42 ft 3 in; length 33 ft; height 11 ft 6 in; wing area 510 sq ft. Weight loaded 3,315 lb. Maximum speed 91 mph; climb to 10,000 ft, 28 min.
The second design was a twin-float pusher seaplane.