Air Force

MARTINSYDE F.4 BUZZARD


Martinsyde Buzzard # 31 Martinsyde Buzzard # 31

Source: Great Britain

Acquired: 1924

Type: Single-seat scout/fighter

Engine: Originally the 300-hp Hispano Suiza, then the 425-hp Jaguar and finally the 340-hp Serval V.

Dimensions
Length: 7.76 m
Wing Span: 10 m
Height: 2.7 m
Max Speed: 214 km/hr

Range:

Maximum Ceiling: 7350 m

Known Serial Numbers: 31

Notes

  • Original serial no. H7753
  • Acquired on Oct.1, 1924 and assigned to the fighter Squadron.
  • August 17, 1928 - re-engined with the Armstrong-Siddely Jaguar.
  • February 17, 1930 - tested and returned to service.
  • February 28, 1931 - crashed
  • September 8, 1931 - tested and returned to service.
  • April 29, 1932 - crashed by pilot Freimanis at Bolderaja.
  • June 4, 1933 - tested and returned to service.
  • October 15, 1935 - crashed by pilot Janis Karklins.
  • January 4, 1937 - After being re-engined with a Serval V it is tested and assigned to the 2nd Fighter Squadron.
  • May 13, 1937 - while performing aerobatics the aircraft disintegrated in mid-air and the pilot (Grube) had to parachute to safety. The aircraft was totally destroyed.


Sources

- Bruvelis, Edvins Latvijas Aviacijas Vesture
- Humberstone, R. (ed) Latvian Air Force 1918-1940
- Jane, Fred T. Jane's All the World's Aircraft 1919
- Sanger, Ray The Martinsyde File
- Windsock Datafile #76 (Martinsyde Buzzard)

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