The Starling (AW 14)

  

 

 

Three of these single seat fighter biplanes were built, the first of which had its initial flight in 1929. This aircraft was shown at the Olympia Aircraft Exhibition in July of the same year.

 

One novel feature which later became universal was the use of a bi-convex wing section with an almost stationary centre of pressure under speed variations.

 

Although similar in some respects to the Siskin, the Starling had an increased speed and greater rate of climb.

 

Power Plant:   One Armstrong Siddeley Jaguar or Jaguar Major radial air cooled engine, with or without Townend ring.
     
Dimensions:  

Span              31 ft. 4 in.

Length           25 ft.  2 in.

Height            10 ft. 6 in.

Wing Area     246 sq. ft.

   

 

 

 

 

Weight:

 

3,065 lb. to 3,235 lb. according to the choice of engine and including 400 lb. Military load.

 

Performance:

 

Jaguar

                                  Max. Speed                    175 mph.

                                  Climb to 10,000 ft           6.75 min.

                                  Service Ceiling               31,100 ft.

 

Jaguar Major

                                  Max. Speed                    183 mph.

                                  Climb to 10,000 ft           6.0 min.

                                  Service Ceiling               33,100 ft.

 

   

Armament consisted of two fixed Vickers guns in the deck cowling, firing through the propeller.

 

   

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