Aeroplane Monthly 1978-02
R.Williams - The Siskin saga (1)
Armstrong Whitworth Siskin IIIDC of Air Service Training Hamble, crashed near Botley Hants 8/6/31.
Siskin II G-EBEU in its original, two-seater form, as flown in the 1922 King’s Cup Air Race
Probably built specifically for the 1924 King’s Cup Race, G-EBJQ, flown by Flt Lt H. W. G. Jones, finished in fourth place.
J6999 was from the second batch of Siskin IIIs for the RAF.
One of the Siskin Vs produced for Rumania. The machine is No 10, seen during trials at Martlesham Heath, 1924/25.
One of the Siskin Vs produced for Rumania.
The other Siskin for the 1924 King’s Cup was G-EBJS, flown by Frank Courtney. Carburettor icing forced it down at Brough.
G-EBLL was the one and only Siskin IV, later used as a mock-up Starling.
Another example of a Siskin III, J7552 carries the black bar insignia of 111 Squadron.
The first all-metal Siskin, J6583, at Martlesham Heath in 1923.
Ski-equipped Siskin II G-EBHY after nosing over during trials on Lake Luossajarvi, Sweden, in the Winter of 1924.
The plate, from a painting by R. W. Bradford, courtesy of the National Museum of Science and Technology, Ottawa, Canada, depicts three Royal Canadian Air Force Siskin IIIAs as they appeared in 1928. The lead machine, No 20 (ex-G-CYZF and later 302), was marked as a presentation aircraft inscribed to Lt Arthur Whitten Brown, and No 59 (later 305) was dedicated to Capt John Alcock. No 20 has the earlier rudder horn balance.
Armstrong Whitworth Siskin IIIA of 1 Sqn RAF, May 1929
Siddeley SR 2 Siskin
The first Siddeley S.R.2 Siskin, which first flew in the Spring of 1919.
Another view of the S.R.2 with the problematic Dragonfly installed, showing the neat engine streamlining.