Supermarine 224 & Westland F.7/30: The Price of Literalness.

These pair of prototypes were built to fulfil the RAF Specification F.7/30 of the early 30’s. This fighter specification demanded a top speed of at least 250 mph (400 km/h) and an armament of four machine guns, encouraging the use of the new RR Goshawk evaporatively cooled inline engine.
Both designs were bold in their own right and both used the risky Goshawk. In the foreground the Supermarine 224, the elegant “Art Deco-ish” RJ Mitchell’s monoplane. In the background the deceitfully classic Westland entry. Westland designer Arthur Davenport placed the Goshawk buried deep into the middle of its fuselage, the propeller was drove via a long shaft.
All effort for nothing, both had a showed unimpressive top speed and a nightmarish engine overheat problems. The RAF chose the ultra orthodox Gloster Gladiator.

Gorgeous photo of a long passed era. Taken, maybe, when both were “New Types” in the Hendon Air Show.

Another F.7/30 loser.

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4 thoughts on “Supermarine 224 & Westland F.7/30: The Price of Literalness.

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    • Hi.
      This photo has been flying around the net for quite some time. No idea if it is public domain, or not. For the original image URL source of mine click on the photo. It appears to have been taken at Hendon during the 1934 RAF Display. Looks like an old magazine photo, maybe from “Flight”. Good luck.

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