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Armstrong Whitworth Production

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Low Volume Production

This page covers Armstrong Whitworth aircraft with low production volumes and/or registration/serial allocations. For higher volume production, see the individual type production list.

Produced Types

Tadpole
 
Three-seat carrier-borne fleet reconnaissance aircraft to Specification 8/20. Adapted from the Airco DH.9A, with added provision for an observer and wing stagger removed. One 400 h.p. Liberty powerplant.
Awana
 
Two crew, four-bay staggered biplane troop transport with capacity for 25 troops, to Specification D of R Type 12 (later 5/20). Two 450 h.p. Napier Lion powerplants.
Wolf
 
Two seat, two-bay biplane reconnaissance aircraft to Specification D of R Type 3A (later 10/21 & 8/22). Unorthodox design, with the fuselage mounted between the two sets of wings. One 350 h.p. Armstrong Siddeley Jaguar III powerplant.
Ape
 
 
Two seat "aerodynamic experimental" biplane to Specification 48/22. The fuselage could be changed in length, different fins and tailplanes could be fitted, the incidence angle of both the tailplane and the wings could be altered and the wings could be additionally changed in stagger, rake and dihedral. One 180 h.p. Armstrong Siddeley Lynx III powerplant.
A.W.19
 
Two/three seat single-bay biplane general purpose, bombing and torpedo-carrying aircraft to Specifications G.4/31, to meet the requirements of OR.2, & 38/34 (OR.10). One 810 h.p. Armstrong Siddeley Tiger IV powerplant.
A.W.23
 
Four crew low wing monoplane bomber/transport with a capacity for 24 troops, to Specification C.26/31 to meet the requirements of OR.4. Two 810 h.p. Armstrong Siddeley Tiger VI powerplants.
A.W.29
 
Two seat mid-wing cantilever monoplane long range day bomber to Specification P.27/32 to meet the requirements of OR.7. One 870 h.p. Armstrong Siddeley Tiger VIII powerplant.
A.W.34 Two seat monoplane turret fighter to Specification F.5/33. Two 550 h.p. Armstrong Siddeley Terrier powerplants.
A.W.39
 
Twin engined heavy bomber to Specification B.1/35. A.W.38 Whitley development with two, partially buried, Rolls-Royce Merlin powerplants in streamlined nacelles.
F.9/35
 
Two seat monoplane turret fighter to Specification F.9/35, a development of the A.W.34. Two 550 h.p. Armstrong Siddeley Terrier powerplants.
A.W.52
 
Two seat experimental tailless swept wing aircraft to Specification E.9/44. Two 5000 lbf Rolls-Royce Nene (first prototype) or 3,500 lbf Rolls Royce Derwent (second prototype) powerplants.
A.W.52G Two seat all wood glider, a 60% low speed test vehicle for A.W.52.
A.W.55 Apollo
 
Three crew civil transport to Specification 16/46, to meet the Brabazon Committee's Type II requirements, and featured a pressurised fuselage with seating for 26-31 passengers. Four 1,010 shp Armstrong Siddeley Mamba AS.1 powerplants.
A.W.58
 
 
Single seat, sept wing, transonic flight research aircraft to Specification E.16/49. One Armstrong Siddeley Sapphire or Rolls-Royce Avon powerplant. Later redesigned, firstly, with a wing featuring a cranked leading edge and later with a delta wing featuring high mounted tailplane.



Tadpole

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Serial Range
C/n
Batch Qty
Conv.
Canc'd
Notes
 1 aircraft built by Armstrong Whitworth, Parkside, to contract 295075/20. First flew February 1921.
 J6585    1      
 
Total Production
1
 
 
 



Awana

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Serial Range
C/n
Batch Qty
Conv.
Canc'd
Notes
 2 aircraft built by Armstrong Whitworth, Whitley(4), to contract 306069/20. First flew June 1923.
 J6897 - J6898  13-14  2       J6898 completed and used for load tests. Not flown, stored.
 
Total Production
2
 
 
 



Wolf

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Serial Range/
Initial Registration
C/n
Batch Qty
Conv.
Canc'd
Notes
 3 aircraft ordered from Armstrong Whitworth, Whitley(4), to contract 195547/21. First flew January 1923.
 J6921 - J6923  15-17  3      
 3 aircraft built by Armstrong Whitworth, Whitley(4), for the AW operated RAF Reserve Flying School. Two aircraft built in 1923, c/n 428 built in 1929.
 G-EBHI, GEBHJ, G-AAIY  18, 28, 428  3      Used as advanced trainers
 
Total Production
6
 
 
 



Ape

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Serial Range
C/n
Batch Qty
Conv.
Canc'd
Notes
 3 aircraft built by Armstrong Whitworth, Whitley(4), to contract 437548/23. First flew January 1926.
 J7753 - J7755  144-146  3      
 
Total Production
3
 
 
 



A.W.19

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Serial Range
C/n
Batch Qty
Conv.
Canc'd
Notes
 1 aircraft ordered from Armstrong Whitworth, Whitley, to contract 400166/35. First flew February 1934.
 K5606  923  1      
 
Total Production
1
 
 
 



A.W.23

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Serial Range
C/n
Batch Qty
Conv.
Canc'd
Notes
 1 aircraft ordered from Armstrong Whitworth, Whitley, to contract 233528/33. First flew June 1935.
 K3585  1251  1      Later to Flight Refuelling Ltd as G-AFRX for use as a tanker aircraft.
 
Total Production
1
 
 
 



A.W.29

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Serial Range
C/n
Batch Qty
Conv.
Canc'd
Notes
 1 aircraft ordered from Armstrong Whitworth, Whitley, to contract 321542/34. First flew December 1936.
 K4299  1168  1      
 
Total Production
1
 
 
 



A.W.34

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Serial Range
C/n
Batch Qty
Conv.
Canc'd
Notes
 1 aircraft ordered from Armstrong Whitworth, Whitley, to contract 356293/34. Not built.
 K5061        1  Serial alloted but not built. K5061 serial originally alloted to Short S.21 Mercury.
 
Total Production
 
 
1
 



A.W.39

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Serial Range
C/n
Batch Qty
Conv.
Canc'd
Notes
 1 aircraft ordered from Armstrong Whitworth, Whitley, to contract 441974/35. Not built.
 K8179  1250 (1)      1  Serial alloted but not built.
 
Total Production
 
 
1
 



F.9/35

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Serial Range
C/n
Batch Qty
Conv.
Canc'd
Notes
 1 aircraft ordered from Armstrong Whitworth, Whitley, to contract 490715/35. Not built.
 K8624        1  Serial alloted but not built.
 
Total Production
 
 
1
 



A.W.52

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Serial Range
C/n
Batch Qty
Conv.
Canc'd
Notes
 2 aircraft ordered from Armstrong Whitworth, Baginton, to contract SB.27759. First flew November 1947.
 TS363, TS368  3135-3136(2)  2      
 
Total Production
2
 
 
 



A.W.52G

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Serial Range
C/n
Batch Qty
Conv.
Canc'd
Notes
 1 aircraft ordered from Armstrong Whitworth, Baginton, to contract Acft/3125. First flew March 1945.
 RG324    1      
 
Total Production
1
 
 
 



A.W.55 Apollo

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Serial Range
C/n
Batch Qty
Conv.
Canc'd
Notes
 2 aircraft built by Armstrong Whitworth, Baginton, to contract 6/Acft/488. First flew April 1949.
 VX220, VX224  3137-3138  2      VX220 later carried civil registration G-AIYN; VX224 allocated G-AMCH but never used.
 
Total Production
2
 
 
 



A.W.58

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Serial Range
C/n
Batch Qty
Conv.
Canc'd
Notes
 2 aircraft ordered from Armstrong Whitworth, Baginton, to contract 6/Acft/3913 (See note 3). Not built.
 WD466, WD472        2  Serial alloted but not built.
 
Total Production
 
 
2
 




Notes
  1. Ray Williams [3] gives 1250 as the proposed c/n for the A.W.39. This was eventually used for a Whitley Mk.II.
     
  2. C/n speculative. Possibly not an actual applied c/n but a paperwork c/n for documentation purposes.
     
  3. AWA was originally awarded contract 6/Acft/2751 in August 1948 to prepare a design for a transonic research aircraft that could be developed into a fighter. AWA's submission led to MoS Specification E.16/49 in May 1949 and the award of contract 6/Acft/3913 in the following month.
     
  4. Manufacture moved to Whitley in 1923, but the design office remained in Parkside until 1930.

Production References
  1. Armstrong Whitworth Aircraft Since 1913, Oliver Tapper (Putnam, 1973)
  2. RAF Aircraft Register Series, Various Volumes (Air-Britain Publications)
  3. Air Enthusiast Quarterly 43

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Revised at Version 1.4.0
  • Added improved type definition.
  • Added Notes 3 and 4.
Revised at Version 1.3.0
  • Added c/n's to A.W.52 and A.W.55.

V1.4.0 Created by Roger Moss. Last updated July 2019