Westland Woodpigeon

Westland Woodpigeon

Two-seat light biplane


The Westland Woodpigeon was a two-seat light biplane designed to compete in the 1924 Lympne light aircraft trials.

The Woodpigeon was a conventional wooden biplane powered by a 32 hp (24 kW) Bristol Cherub III engine. Two aircraft were built. The first made its first flight on 14 September 1924; the second aircraft, registered G-EBJV, flew in trials but was not successful. The second aircraft was re-engined with a 30 hp (22 kW) ABC Scorpion and increased wingspan in 1926 for the 1926 Lympne trials but again was not successful. In 1927 the two aircraft were re-engined with 60 hp (45 kW) Anzani 6 radials and redesignated Woodpigeon IIs.

The two Marks of Woodpigeon, both produced at Yeovil.

Woodpigeon I - Bristol Cherub III-powered variant, two built.

Woodpigeon II - Two Woodpigeons were re-engined with Anzani engines.

General characteristics
Crew:  Two
Length:  19 ft 6 in (5.95 m)
Wingspan:  22 ft 9 in (6.94 m)
Empty weight:  439 lb (199 kg)
Gross weight:  779 lb (353 kg)
Powerplant:  1 × Bristol Cherub III, 32 hp (24 kW)
Maximum speed: 72 mph (115 km/h)
Number built: 2
First flight: 14 September 1924



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Westland Woodpigeon prototype in its original unmarked form, with shorter-span wings and fitted with a Bristol Cherub engine.


Westland Woodpigeon, three-quarter rear view.


The Cherub-powered Woodpigeon Mk I photographed at Lympne in October 1924 where it took part in the Air Ministry ’s two-seater light-plane trials flown by AJ Winstanley.


Running-up the engine of No 5, the Westland Woodpigeon Mk I at Lympne.


Woodpigeon G-EBJV taking part in the 1926 Lympne Light Aeroplane Competitions in September 1926. Fitted with a Scorpion II engine, the aircraft was owned and entered by the Seven Aero Club, but retired from the competitions.