|The Parnall Scout nearing completion in 1916.|
|National origin||United Kingdom|
Parnall began work on a single-seat anti-airship fighter aircraft in 1916 based on the designs of A. Camden-Pratt, initially intended to meet an aircraft specification from the Admiralty. A large, wooden two-bay staggered biplane, it was finished and initially tested in late 1916.
The Scout reportedly flew twice in late 1916 under Admiralty testing, however it was found to be heavy, slow and unsafe. As such it was returned to Parnall in the same year and no further development progressed.
Specifications (Scout - estimated)
- Crew: one
- Upper wingspan: 44 ft (13 m)
- Lower wingspan: 40 ft (12 m)
- Wing area: 516 sq ft (47.9 m2)
- Fuel capacity: 36 imp gal (164 l)
- Powerplant: 1 × Sunbeam Maori II V-12 water-cooled piston engine, 250 hp (190 kW)
- Propellers: two-bladed wooden propeller
- Maximum speed: 113.5 mph (182.7 km/h, 98.6 kn) at sealevel
- 101.5 mph (163 km/h) at 10,000 ft (3,048 m)
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- Green, William; Gordon Swanborough. The Complete Book of Fighters. Godalming, UK: Salamander Books. p. 463.