Thursday, April 28, 2011

Britain - 1916 Armstrong-Whitworth F.K.10

It Seemed Like A Good Idea At The Time...

The year 1916 marked the silly season of aircraft design. More failed designs were built that year than any other. Many odd ideas were tried and cast aside. This was the beginning of triplane and quadruplane experimentation, external gunner nacelles and other bizarre methods to find a way to fire into the forward arc. Today is a look at a failed quadruplane design. Compared to some other planes of the era the Armstrong-Whitworth F.K.10 was relatively normal, and in fact it did fly. However it did not fly well enough to go beyond the prototype stage.

The Armstrong-Whitworth F.K.10 was a two-seat quadruplane built for fighting and bombing. Like its predecessor, the F.K.9, it was a poor performer with serious design flaws. Of the fifty aircraft ordered by the Royal Naval Air Service, only eight were delivered.

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