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Martinsyde Buzzard
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Specifications

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fighter
one
Hispano-Suiza V-8
300 h.p.
1,700 lbs.
2,300 lbs.
none
2- 7.7 mm
25' 6"
32' 10"
145 mph
1,400 fpm
25,000 feet
400 miles
5/14/18
1918






When the Martinsyde Buzzard first flew on May 14, 1918, it immediately impressed the Royal Air Force. A total of 1,450 aircraft were ordered as a result.

The Martinsyde Buzzard exhibited excellent maneuverability and speed. Many consider it the best aircraft overall to be built during World War I.

During World War I, various engine problems kept production of the Martinsyde Buzzard to about 370 aircraft.

After the war, the RAF canceled its order for the Martinsyde Buzzard. The completed aircraft from the canceled order were then exported to numerous countries around the world. The Soviet Union was known to have purchased at least 100 Martinsyde Buzzard aircraft.

Before they were retired in 1939, Martinsyde Buzzard aircraft flew primarily as trainers in the latter part of their careers.



The Martinsyde Buzzard from Sky Hooks & Rigging plans. The 30" wingspan rc airplane is a conversion from a free flight, rubber power model.


The AMA has plans for a Martinsyde Buzzard. Wingspan is 48". It is listed under plan no. 23028 for gas, scale rc.
Peanut Scale Martinsyde Buzzard free flight airplane built by Tom Hallman. It was shown at the Flying Ace Nationals.



The great looking 1/72 scale Martinsyde Buzzard.  The model airplane was built by Eric Gallaud from a CMR Models kit.


1/72 scale Martinsyde Buzzard. This plastic scale model airplane is from a Pegasus kit.


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