Aircraft Data Sheet: Pterodactyl lA & lB (1928)
|First flight:||June 1928|
|Max level speed:||61knots/113kph|
|Power plant:||One 32shp/48kW Bristol Cherub lll. (Pterodactyl la)
One 70shp/52kW Armstrong Siddeley Genet. (Pterodactyl lb)
The Pterodactyl l was the first of a series of experimental designs undertaken by Westland working with Capt. Geoffrey Hill to investigate the handling qualities of tailess aircraft. A control system consisting of wing tip 'elevons' and trailing edge flap/rudders was perfected and an extensive flight programme followed. A single prototype was built.