Martin-Baker MB 5

Only one built.

The British Martin-Baker MB 5 was the ultimate development of a series of prototype fighter aircraft built during the Second World War.

The MB 5 never entered production, despite what test pilots described as excellent performance.

Specifications

Crew

1

Length

37 ft 9 in (11.51 m)

Wingspan

35 ft (11 m)

Height

12 ft 6 in (3.81 m) including propeller

Wing area

263 sq ft (24.4 m2)

Aspect ratio

4.66

Airfoil

RAF 34

Empty weight

9,233 lb (4,188 kg)

Gross weight

11,500 lb (5,216 kg)

Max take-off weight

12,090 lb (5,484 kg)

Fuel capacity

200 imp gal (240 US gal; 910 l) fuel; 14 imp gal (17 US gal; 64 l) oil

Powerplant

1 × Rolls-Royce Griffon 83 V-12 liquid-cooled piston engine, 2,035 hp (1,517 kW)

Propellers

6-bladed De Havilland constant-speed contra-rotating propeller

Performance

Maximum speed

460 mph (740 km/h, 400 kn) at 20,000 ft (6,100 m)

Range

1,100 mi (1,800 km, 960 nmi)

Service ceiling

40,000 ft (12,000 m)

Rate of climb

3,800 ft/min (19.3 m/s)

Wing loading

45.9 lb/sq ft (224 kg/m2)

Power/mass

6.3 lb/hp (3.82 kg/kW)

Armament

Guns

4 × 20 mm Hispano Mk.II cannon

 

 

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