Armstrong-Whitworth F.K.8

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Armstrong-Whitworth F.K.8
A.W. F.K.8 (Late production 1).jpg
Role Reconnaissance/Light Bomber
Manufacturer Armstrong-Whitworth
Designer Frederick Koolhoven
First flight May 1916 [1]
Introduction Jan 1917 [1][2]
Primary user RAF Type A Roundel.svg U.K. (RFC/RAF)
Number built 700-1000 estimated[citation needed] to 1500[2]
Wingspan 13.3 m (43 ft 6 in) [3]
Engine 120hp Beardmore or
160hp Beardmore
Armament fixed, sync. Vickers
rear flexible Lewis
73 kg (160 lb) of bombs[3]
Ammo unknown (Vickers) + ≥5 drums of 47-97 rounds (Lewis)[4]
Crew 2
Max Speed 150 km/h (93 mph)[5] to
158 km/h (98 mph) [6][7]
Climb 910 m (3,000 ft) in 6:00
2,000 m (6,500 ft) in 15:25
3,000 m (10,000 ft) in 27:50 [1][7]
Ceiling 4,000 m (13,000 ft) [1][5][7][3][note 1]
Endurance 3:00 [1][5][7]

The Armstrong-Whitworth F.K.8, also known as the Big Ack, was a solid two-seater that simply performed its job without attracting a lot of attention. It served with Sqns. 2, 8, 10, 35, and 82 in France; 17 and 47 in Macedonia; and 142 in Palestine. Early models used the 120hp Beardmore engine and a simplified nose-over skid; later models, the 160hp Beardmore and standard vee undercarriage. Two Victoria Crosses were awarded to crews of FK.8s.

For more information, see Wikipedia:Armstrong Whitworth F.K.8.

Timeline [note 2]

Game Data

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Official Stats
Availability Maneuver Damage Dmg Points Max Alt. Climb
17Q1-18Q4 Y B/B 15 9 6
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Miniatures and Models

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1:285/6mm/1:288 Scale

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References

Notes
  1. 160hp model. 3,700 m (12,000 ft) for the 120hp model.[3]
  2. British usage numbers are approximate, derived from the squadron histories.[8]
  3. Updated card
  4. Updated card
  5. Updated card
Citations
  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 Bruce'69, p.15.
  2. 2.0 2.1 Lamberton, p.44.
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 Lamberton, pp.214-215.
  4. Kelly, p.229.
  5. 5.0 5.1 5.2 Munson, p.62.
  6. Bruce'69, p.20.
  7. 7.0 7.1 7.2 7.3 Bruce'97, p.37.
  8. Philpott'13, pp.379-444.
Bibliography
  • J.M. Bruce. British Aeroplanes 1914-18. Great Britain, Funk & Wagnalls, 1957, 1969. ISBN 0370000382
  • J.M. Bruce, Windsock Datafile 64: AW FK.8. Great Britain: Albatros Publications, 1997. ISBN 0-948414-96-0
  • Kevin Kelly, "Belts and Drums: A Survey of First World War Aircraft Ammunition Totals". Over the Front, Vol. 5, No. 3, Autumn 1990. Walsworth Publishing Co, Inc. and The League of World War I Aviation Historians.
  • W.M. Lamberton and E.F. Cheesman, Reconnaissance & Bomber Aircraft of the 1914-1918 War. Great Britain: Harleyford Publications Ltd., 1962. ISBN 9780900435027
  • Kenneth Munson, Bombers: Patrol and Reconnaissance Aircraft, 1914-1919. New York: The MacMillan Company, 1968, Blandford Press Ltd. ISBN 978-0753721711
  • Ian Philpott, The Birth of the Royal Air Force. Great Britain: Pen & Sword Books Limited, 2013. ISBN 978-1-78159-333-2