Robey-Peters Gun-Carrier: “Looks Ma, no fear!!”.

This three-seater armed tractor biplane was constructed by Robey and Co under the design of J.A. Peters to carry the Admiralty-sponsored Davis recoiless gun. The more remarkable feature of this 240 hp Roll-Royce powered aircraft was its crew members disposition. The two gunners were located each in a nacelle faired into the upper wings where they manned their Davis guns, while the pilot was placed bizarrely in a cockpit towards the very rear of the fuselage just ahead of the fin. Two examples were ordered by the Royal Navy Air Service (RNAS) in May 1916, but in the end all came to naught when the first prototype crashed in its very first flight in May 1917.

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2 thoughts on “Robey-Peters Gun-Carrier: “Looks Ma, no fear!!”.

  1. Looking at the entire airplane, without the gunner, it looks like an between the wars plane with extra fuel tanks for an attempt at being the first to cross the Atlantic solo! Still, a bad design for it’s intended roll.

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