British Aircraft B.A.IV Double Eagle

The British Aircraft B.A.IV Double Eagle was a British twin-engined six-seater monoplane designed and built by the British Aircraft Manufacturing Company of London Air Park, Hanworth, England.
British Aircraft B.A.IV Double Eagle
The Double Eagle was a twin-engined high-wing monoplane with a retractable landing gear, the main gear retracting backwards into the engine nacelles.
British Aircraft B.A.IV Double Eagle
The first aircraft (Y-1) was powered by two 130 hp (97 kW) de Havilland Gipsy Major engines, and it first flew from Hanworth on 3 July 1936, later registered G-ADVV.
British Aircraft B.A.IV Double Eagle
The second aircraft (G-AEIN) was fitted with two de Havilland Gipsy VIs.
British Aircraft B.A.IV Double Eagle
Three aircraft were built, although one citation is claimed to say that only two Double Eagles were produced, and that both were impressed by the RAF
British Aircraft B.A.IV Double Eagle
In 1940, the first aircraft (G-ADVV) was impressed into the Royal Air Force as ES949, and was finally used as an instructional airframe by Armstrong-Whitworth, and later Parnall.
British Aircraft B.A.IV Double Eagle
On 29 September 1936, the second aircraft (G-AEIN), piloted by Tommy Rose, took off in the Schlesinger Race (from Portsmouth to Johannesburg).
British Aircraft B.A.IV Double Eagle
It was retired when it suffered damage at Almaza Airfield (Cairo), due to collapse of the undercarriage.
British Aircraft B.A.IV Double Eagle
In 1940, it was impressed into the RAF as ES950, and ended its life in 1941 as an instructional airframe.
British Aircraft B.A.IV Double Eagle
The third aircraft (ZS-AIY) was sold to the Aircraft Operating Company in South Africa as an aerial surveying aircraft, and was then re-registered ZS-AOC.
British Aircraft B.A.IV Double Eagle
In 1940, it was impressed into service with 60 Squadron of the South African Air Force as serial number 1415
British Aircraft B.A.IV Double Eagle
Crew: 1
Capacity: 5
Length: 29 ft 10 in (9.1 m)
Wingspan: 41 ft 0 in (12.5 m)
Empty weight: 2,000 lb (907 kg)
Gross weight: 3,500 lb (1,588 kg)
Power plant: 2 × de Havilland Gipsy Major , 130 hp (97 kW) each
Performance-
Maximum speed: 165 mph (265 km/h, 143 kn)
Cruise speed: 145 mph (232 km/h, 126 kn)
British Aircraft B.A.IV Double Eagle
Credits-
British Aircraft of World War II-Jaap Teeuwen
Parnall-Bristol’s other plane maker-Alan Webb
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