Flight, June 1935
NEW and EXPERIMENTAL TYPES at HENDON
Armstrong Whitworth A.W. 23: Designed and built by Sir W. G. Armstrong-Whitworth Aircraft, Ltd., the A.W.23 is a low-wing cantilever monoplane in which aerodynamic efficiency has been raised to a high
degree of perfection. This has been achieved by suppressing all drag-producing excrescences, notably the undercarriage (which is retractable) and bombs (which are stowed inside the machine and not carried under the wings) There are enclosed turrets for front and rear gunners, and the pilot's cockpit is totally enclosed. The machine can be used alternatively for the transport of troops and stores, as a heavy bomber, or as an ambulance. The engines fitted are two Siddeley “Tiger VI” fourteen-cylinder radials of 760-810 b.h.p. each, faired into the leading edge of the wing. The span is 88ft. and the length 80ft. 9in.
A new Bomber Transport: The Armstrong Whitworth A.W.23, which has two 800 h.p. Siddeley "Tiger VI" engines.
THE LATEST: It is now permissible to publish a photograph of the new Armstrong-Whitworth Bomber Transport - a low-wing cantilever monoplane with retractable undercarriages. The engines are Siddeley "Tigers."
OUTSTANDING 1935 MILITARY TYPE. The A.W. XXIII is a new bomber transport with two 760 h.p. Tiger VI engines.
In the nose and tail of the A.W. XXIII there is an Armstrong-Whitworth revolving gun turret. The position from which this photograph was taken - the gunner's cockpit in a following machine - would be by no means an enviable one in time of war.
With two 760 h.p. Siddeley Tiger VI engines the A.W.XXIII bomber transport has a high performance.
CIVILISING INFLUENCE: The Armstrong Whitworth XIII Bomber Transport which is being handed over to Imperial Airways after suitable modifications have been made for its use as a transport rather than as a bomber. This machine has been fitted with Tiger IX's (790/880 h.p.) and D.H. v.p. airscrews and was designed to carry twenty-four soldiers with full equipment. It might be suggested that the nose and tail cupolas should be retained for use by any passengers who are prepared to pay for the excellent view obtained.
A SERVICE HEAVYWEIGHT. The Armstrong Whitworth bomber transport monoplane flies high and fast, presenting a magnificent "shot" for Flight's photographer. With two Siddeley Tiger VI engines not only does the machine possess remarkable weight-carrying properties, but it is extremely fast for an aircraft in its class and has, in addition, a long range.
REFUELLING EXPERIMENT: For some time experiments have been going on at Ford aerodrome under Sir Alan Cobham's direction. In this photograph the Short Cambria is being refuelled by the A.W.23 used for the work.
K3585, the sole example of the AW.23 bomber-transport built
A low-altitude aerial view of the "New and Experimental" park. The big machine in the centre, dwarfing the D.H. "Comet" in front of it, is the A.-W. bomber transport.
TROOPER-TANKER: The hose reel on the A.W.23 troop carrier now being used by Sir Alan Cobham for refuelling experiments on the South Coast. An Empire boat has already acted as refuellee.
THE AW GUN TURRET: A MOUNTING for a free gun approved by the British Air Ministry for any station on modern high performance aircraft. A patented system of linkage relieves the gunner of the influence of accelerations. The operation is entirely manual.
Installation of the turret in the tail of the A.W. XXIII.
These diagrams show the method of operation of the A.W. turret. The gunner stands to fire downwards.