TYPE: One-seated Fighter
AMOUNT IN NORWEGIAN SERVICE: 4
2x 7.7mm Vickers machineguns
Length: 7.62 m
Wingspan: 10.1 m
Height: 3.66 m
Wing area: 24.28 m2
Empty weight: 1,341 kg
Max takeoff weight: 1,860 kg
Powerplant: 1x Armstrong Siddeley Panther IX 14-cylinder radial engine, 735hp
Maximum speed: 356 km/h at 4,300 m
Endurance: 2 hr 30 min
Service ceiling: 9,600 m
Time to altitude: 5 min 15 sec to 3,000 m
Only 6x were ever built!
in 1930 a fighter commission was set up with pilots from the Army and Navy Air Force. The aim was to find a common fighter aircraft for wheels, skis and floats based on the Armstrong Siddeley Phanter engine. This was unsuccessful, and although a double-deck, American Curtiss Hawk II fighter from the Curtiss-Wright Corporation was ranked No.1, the Army chose to bet on the British Scimitar, which was rated second best. Four such fighters were ordered from England, and the planes arrived in Norway in January 1936. It turned out that the undercarriage was not suitable for skiing, but this was not guaranteed by the supplier either. For various reasons, one chose not to proceed with this aircraft. A machine crashed in a tragic accident in connection with the opening of Sola Airport on 31 May 1937 and the pilot died and the convention was immediately cancelled.
The Armstrong Whitworth A.W.35 Scimitar was a fighter aircraft developed in Great Britain. In 1935, the aircraft type was chosen as the new fighter for the Norwegian Army Air Force. The A.W.35 Scimitar was to be built under license at Kjeller Flyfabrikk, and preparations for production were started, but license production of the Scimitar in Norway never materialized due to difficulties with the collaboration with Armstrong Whitworth. Instead, four production examples were built in
Sola Airport/Air station
Stavanger Airport at Sola is the oldest civilian airport in Norway.
In 1933, shipowner Ole Bergesenand Birger Hønningstad took initiative to build an airport in the Stavanger region. This resulted in Norway having its first civilian airport in 1937. King Haakon VII made the official opening which took place with great festivities on 29 May of the same year with the participation of leading European nations.
The size of the airport was from the beginning approx. 600 acres then. with 2 runways of 920m and 850m respectively and width 40m. The runways were among the first in Europe to be built with a concrete surface. Traffic building, hangar and control tower were also built. Costs for the entire plant came to approx. 2 million NOK which was covered by the State and the city of Stavanger, each with 50%. As a curiosity, it can be mentioned that it was held approx. 500 sheep to graze the grass between the runways.
During the 1940-1945 occupation, the Germans made significant expansions of the airport. During the war years, the original lanes were extended to 2,000 and 1,800 meters respectively. An east/west runway of 1,800 m and a runway for aircraft around the square (ring runway) were built. At the time, the airport’s total area covered 5,000 da. A concrete road was built between the seaplane harbor and the airport, 8 new hangars were built and the concrete street Løwenstrasse was built between Sola and Forus.
It was stated that the Germans cost Sola a total of NOK 400 million. during the occupation period, which clearly shows the importance of the airport as a strategically important base for the German air force during the Second World War.
This airport is still in use today hand has museums with a lot of old planes and stuff from the war and before
(this is taken from one of my previous posts, i include it everytime the station is mentioned, and sources are linked under the Sources folder)
Kjeller Airport is an airport located at Kjeller in Lillestrøm municipality (kommune) in Viken
Kjeller was Norway’s first military airport. The first flight from Kjeller took place on 21 September 1912
The attack on Norway in 1940 (referred to in German with the code name Weserübung-Nord) was the German military attack on Norway on Tuesday 9 April 1940 during the Second World War. The attack was history’s first integrated air, sea and land attack under one command, General Nikolaus von Falkenhorst
AW35 ARMSTRONG — ImgBB (PICTRUES)
Scimitar – flytype – Store norske leksikon
Flyfabrikken | A.W.35 Scimitar
Armstrong Whitworth Scimitar – Wikipedia
Flyplassens historie - Avinor
Norske militærfly - norske militærfly 1912-2013 | ARK Bokhandel
Kjeller flyplass – Wikipedia
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