AD Scout

1st Flight 1915

Military Users- Royal Naval Air Service.

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.

AD Scout

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.

AD Scout

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)

Power plant: 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.

AD Scout

Credits-

Supermarine Aircraft since 1914-C.F.Andrews & E.B.Morgan.

Flying Boats of the Solent-Norman Hull.

Wikipedia.

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