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Air Department AD Scout
The AD Scout was designed by Harris Booth of the British Admiralty’s Air Department as a fighter aircraft to defend Britain from Zeppelin bombers during World War I.
The Scout was a very unconventional aircraft, a biplane with a fuselage pod mounted on the upper wing.
A twin-rudder tail was attached by four booms, and it was provided with an extremely narrow-track undercarriage.
The primary armament was intended to be a 2-pounder recoilless Davis Gun, but this was never fitted.
Four prototypes were ordered in 1915 and two each were built by Hewlett & Blondeau and the Blackburn Aeroplane & Motor Company.
22 ft 9 in (6.93 m)
33 ft 5 in (10.19 m)
10 ft 3 in (3.12 m)
1 × Gnome Monosoupape 9 Type B-2, 9 cylinder air cooled rotary piston engine
100 hp (75 kW)
2 bladed fixed pitch propeller
84 mph (135 km/h, 73 kn)
210 mi (340 km, 180 nmi)
1 x 2 pounder (40 mm) Davis recoilless gun.
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