MARTIN-BAKER MB 5

Specifications

1st Flight 1944

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 takeoff 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

Variants

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.

Neither the MB 5 nor its predecessors ever entered production, despite what test pilots described as excellent performance.

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