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New one to me! Built to  RAF specification P.27/32 for a light bomber, this bodacious beauty lost out to the Fairey Battle. Looks like a Hurricane that rear-ended a Beaufort and knocked off both engines! 😮

Mike

https://georgy-konstantinovich-zhukov.tumblr.com/post/74142302835/the-p2732-specifications-put-out-by-the-air

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An interesting aircraft - half way between tube construction and monocoque construction. The caption in the article Mike pointed to is a bit misleading. It was not a case of performing poorly - its flying life was very short and few, if any, flight test results were obtained.

 

On the other hand, its predicted performance was less then that of the battle. In fact, the Battle was ordered into production in 1935, before either it or the A.W.29 had flown. The prototype Battle first flew in March 1936 and the prototype A.W.29 in December that year, crashing shortly after. As Armstrong Whitworth were up to their eyballs in work with the designs of the Whitley and Ensign they never really pushed the A.W.29.

Oliver Tapper's Armstrong Whitworth Aircraft since 1913, Putnam, has several pages on this aircraft with a few more photos.

 

Peter M

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Personally, I think it is more attractive and more "nearly modern" looking than the Battle.  Still not sure I'd want to do low-level attacks in France with it, though.

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Take the radial off and stick on a Merlin in a neat cowling and it would be quite a handsome beast

 

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