Martin Baker MB 1 & 2

Specifications

1st Flight 1938

Crew: 1

Length: 34 ft 9 in (10.59 m)

Wingspan: 34 ft 0 in (10.36 m)

Height: 9 ft 9 in (2.97 m)

Wing area: 212 sq ft (19.7 m2)

Gross weight: 5,537 lb (2,512 kg)

Powerplant: 1 × Napier Dagger III H-24 air-cooled piston engine, 1,000 hp (750 kW)

Propellers: 2-bladed fixed-pitch wooden propeller, 10 ft 6 in (3.20 m) diameter

Performance

Maximum speed: 305 mph (491 km/h, 265 kn)

Service ceiling: 29,000 ft (8,800 m)

Rate of climb: 2,200 ft/min (11 m/s)

Wing loading: 26.1 lb/sq ft (127 kg/m2)

Power/mass: 0.18 hp/lb (0.30 kW/kg)

Armament

Guns: 8 × 0.303 inch M1919 Browning machine guns.

Variants

The Martin-Baker MB 2 was a British private-venture fighter prototype based on a simple basic structure that had been developed in the earlier MB 1 civil aircraft.

Although briefly evaluated as a fighter by the Royal Air Force, the MB 2 was limited in design potential and never entered series production.

Only one aircraft was built.

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