Parnall Scout / “Zepp Chaser”: “Begin, be bold and venture to be wise”.

The Scout was the first original aircraft of the small Parnall & Sons company. As its nickname indicated this massive fighter was built to counter the “First Blitz” over Britain that the “Zeppelin” started in 1915. Conceived as a “night flyer” this huge and powerful (250hp Sunbeam Maori II) machines incorporated some feature with that in mind: A biplane layout with quite drastic stagger -to improve the pilot’s view- and a robust undercarriage to facilitate the night operations.
Unique photo known of the only one of the pair of Scouts ordered was built in 1917. During the official tests it proved so heavy and with such a low safety factor that it was scrapped……, unflown.

Horace was right.


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