Hello again. I hope you are ready for a great weekend. I love comments, especially when they make me think.. Lately I have been getting many which make me focus so I can answer the questions put to me. When answering a comment question on the Sopwith Pup post posed by KP I threw out this aircraft as an example of licensing aircraft for third party manufacture. Since I have been working on a British aircraft thread I figured it was time to post this.
Early British Carrier Based Aircraft
The Beardmore WB.III, nicknamed the folding Pup was a British carrier-based fighter biplane of World War I. It was a development of the Sopwith Pup that William Beardmore and Company was then building under license, but was specially adapted for shipboard use.
The Beardmore W.B. III was built to be used on aircraft carriers as naval scouts. It featured a redesigned wing cellule with no stagger, facilitating folding for stowage, a stretched fuselage that carried emergency floatation gear, and main undercarriage that could be folded for stowage (though not in flight). Later models had fixed landing gear that could be jettisoned off in case of an emergency landing at sea. A Lewis machine gun was mounted on the upper wing that fired over the propeller. By the end of 1918, one hundred of these aircraft were deployed by the Royal Naval Air Service on the carriers HMS Furious, Nairana and Pegasus.
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