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.

Specifications

Crew

1

Length

22 ft 9 in (6.93 m)

Wingspan

33 ft 5 in (10.19 m)

Height

10 ft 3 in (3.12 m)

Powerplant

1 × Gnome Monosoupape 9 Type B-2 9-cylinder air-cooled rotary piston engine

100 hp (75 kW)

Propellers

2-bladed fixed-pitch propeller

Performance

Maximum speed

84 mph (135 km/h, 73 kn)

Range

210 mi (340 km, 180 nmi)

Armament

Guns

1x 2 pounder (40 mm) Davis recoilless gun.

 

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