Martinsyde S.1

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Martinsyde S.1
Role Reconnaissance/Fighter
Manufacturer Martinsyde
Introduction late 1914 [1]
Primary user U.K. (RFC/RAF)
Number built ~60 [1][2]
Wingspan 8.43 m (27 ft 8 in) [3][4]
Engine 80hp Gnôme rotary
Armament sometimes: top-wing, upward-slanting Lewis
Crew 1
Max Speed 135 km/h (84 mph)[4] - 140 km/h (87 mph) [1][3]

The Martinsyde Scout (Type S.1) was never built in large numbers, but it is important because it was one of the first armed tractors, with a Lewis gun fixed to the top wing firing forward and slightly upward to avoid the propeller. Starting in late 1914, S.1's were doled out in ones and twos to R.F.C. squadrons in France and they were flown by air combat pioneers like Louis Strange. They served both in France and the Middle East, finally being retired on the Western Front in the latter half of 1915, though it served longer in other theaters.

Two forms of undercarriage were common; the early form with four wheels (to prevent tip over on landing) and the later, more conventional vee undercarriage.

For more information, see Wikipedia:Martinsyde S.1.

Timeline [note 1]

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Unofficial Stats
Availability Maneuver Damage Dmg Points Max Alt. Climb
14Q3-15Q2 XD B 10 10 5
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  1. British usage numbers are approximate, derived from the squadron histories.[5]
  2. Updated card
  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 Bruce, p.300.
  2. Angelucci, p.27.
  3. 3.0 3.1 Lamberton, pp.214-215.
  4. 4.0 4.1 Angelucci, p.22.
  5. Philpott'13, pp.379-444.
  • Enzo Angelucci, ed. The Rand McNally Encyclopedia of Military Aircraft, 1914-1980. New York: The Military Press, 1983 edition. ISBN 0-517-41021-4.
  • J.M. Bruce. British Aeroplanes 1914-18. Great Britain: Funk & Wagnalls, 1957, 1969. ISBN 0370000382
  • W.M. Lamberton and E.F. Cheesman, Fighter Aircraft of the 1914-1918 War. Great Britain: Harleyford Publications Limited, 1960.
  • Ian Philpott, The Birth of the Royal Air Force. Great Britain: Pen & Sword Books Limited, 2013. ISBN 978-1-78159-333-2