Model Airplane News
July, 1964

Model Airplane News Cover for July, 1964 by Jo Kotula Armstrong-Whirworth F.K. 8

Armstrong-Whirworth F.K. 8
Model Airplane News Cover Art for July, 1964
by Jo Kotula
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The F.K.8 was a British two-seat general-purpose biplane built by Armstrong Whitworth during the First World War.

 The Armstrong-Whirworth F.K. 8

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The aircraft, originally designated the F.K.7, was designed by Dutch aircraft designer Frederick Koolhoven ("F.K.") as a replacement for the Royal Aircraft Factory B.E.2c. The F.K.7 was a sturdier with a larger fuselage and wings and was powered by a 160 hp Beardmore water-cooled engine. The undercarriage used oleo-pneumatic shock absorbers for the first time. The observer was equipped with a .303 Vickers machine gun. No armament was provided for the pilot. The type was unusual in having dual controls, enabling the observer to control the aircraft in the event of the pilot becoming incapacitated by enemy action.

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