Blackburn Dark aka Swift from RAF Hal Far 1920s


Blackburn Dark aka Swift from RAF Hal Far 1920s

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Blackbyrn Dark aka Swift biplane flying over Malta.
The Dart was the standard single-seat torpedo bomber used by the Fleet Air Arm from 1923 until 1933. Although mainly conventional, the large biplane featured two-bay, equal-span wings that were staggered and could fold for storage aboard ship. The wing centre section structure was steel with wooden outer section, all fabric covered. Ailerons were mounted on all four wings. The fuselage was mounted on the lower wing, and also consisted of a metal structure with fabric covering. The tail unit had a braced tailplane and fin with balanced rudder. The divided landing gear had main wheels on oleo legs that allowed the fitting of a standard torpedo below the fuselage.
The prototype Dart was first flown in October 1921, and despite its size handled well, exhibiting a remarkable 69 km/h stalling speed.

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