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Canadian Warplanes 1: The Biplane Era, Armstrong Whitworth Atlas and Siskin fighters

Canadian Warplanes 1: The Biplane Era, 

Armstrong Whitworth Atlas and Siskin

Current to 29 Nov 2018.

The Armstrong Whitworth Atlas was a British single-engine biplane.   It served as an army co-operation aircraft for the Royal Canadian Air Force in the 1920s and 1930s.  It was the first purpose-designed aircraft of the type to serve with the RAF.  The prototype was first flown on 10 May 1925.  The production Atlas had a steel tube fuselage with fabric covering with single-bay swept metal wings.  It could be fitted with a hook under the fuselage to pick up messages and could carry a 460 lb (210 kg) bombload under the wings.  The Atlas continued in service in the army co-operations role until replaced with the Hawker Audax in 1935.

Armstrong Whitworth Atlas Mk. I (5), (Serial Nos. 16 (later 401), 17 (later 402), 18, (later 403), 19 (later 404), 111, Mk. I dual (1), (Serial No. 112), (later 405), Mk. I AC (10), (Serial Nos. 406-415), for a total of 16 aircraft.

Armstrong-Whitworth Atlas Mk. I floatplane, RCAF (Serial No. 19 (later 404).  None are preserved in Canada.  (RCAF Photo)

Armstrong Whitworth Atlas Mk. I, (Serial No. 16 (later 401), 12 Jul 1934.  (Library and Archives Canada Photo, MIKAN No. 3521019)

Armstrong Whitworth Atlas Mk. I, RCAF (Serial No. 16), 12 Jul 1934.  (Library and Archives Canada Photo, MIKAN No. 3580854)

Armstrong Whitworth Atlas Mk. I, RCAF (Serial No. 16), 14 Jul 1934.  (Library and Archives Canada Photo, MIKAN No. 3203340)

Armstrong Whitworth Atlas Mk. I AC, RCAF (Serial No. 406), Hon. Grote Stirling (fourth from left), Minister of National Defence, preparing for a flight, 27 July 1935.  (Library and Archives Canada Photo, MIKAN No. 3206354)

Armstrong Whitworth Atlas Mk. I AC, RCAF (Serial No. 408), Army Cooperation aircraft shown picking up a message at Rockecliffe, Ontario.  The aircraft has a damaged undercarriage.  (Library and Archives Canada Photo, MIKAN No. 3208140)

Armstrong Whitworth Atlas Mk. I AC, RCAF (Serial No. 409), 19 Mar 1936.  (Library and Archives Canada Photo, MIKAN No. 3580954)

Armstrong Whitworth Atlas Mk. I AC, RCAF (Serial Nos. 407 & 408), 27 July 1935.  (Library and Archives Canada Photo, MIKAN No. 3206355)

Armstrong Whitworth Atlas Mk. I aircraft, RCAF Station Rockcliffe, Ontario, 27 Jul 1935.  (Library and Archives Canada Photo, MIKAN No. 3583331)

Armstrong Whitworth Atlas Mk. I, RCAF Station Rockcliffe, Ontario, 12 Jul 1934.  (Library and Archives Canada Photo, MIKAN No. 3564343)

Armstrong Whitworth Atlas Mk. I AC (Serial No. 409), ca. 1938, (Library and Archives Canada Photo, MIKAN No. 3581157)

Armstrong Whitworth Atlas Mk. I AC, No. 2 (AC) Sqn, at the opening of the Silver Dart Aerodrom, Petawawa, Ontario, 17 June 1936.  (Library and Archives Canada Photo, MIKAN No. 3387946)

Armstrong Whitworth Atlas Mk. I AC, RCAF COS flight, 27 July 1935.  (Library and Archives Canada Photo, MIKAN No. 3580902)

Armstrong Whitworth Atlas Mk. I AC, RCAF (Serial No. 410), No. 2 Sqn, 1938, (Library and Archives Canada Photo, MIKAN No. 3545872)

Armstrong Whitworth Atlas Mk. I AC (Serial No. 411), and (Serial No. 409), Camp Petwawa.  (RCAF Photo)

Armstrong Whitworth Atlas Mk. I AC (Serial No. 411), Camp Petwawa.  (RCAF Photo)

Armstrong Whitworth Atlas Mk. I AC (Serial No. 409), Camp Petawawa.  (RCAF Photo)

Armstrong Whitworth Siskin Mk. IIIA, RCAF (Serial No. 60), Ottawa, 12 Jul 1934.  (Library and Archives Canada Photo,  MIKAN No. 3642452)

The Armstrong Whitworth Siskin was a biplane single-seat fighter aircraft of the 1920s produced by Armstrong Whitworth Aircraft.  The Siskin was one of the first new RAF fighters to enter service after the First World War; it was noted for its aerobatic qualities, andwas flown by the RCAF aerial demonstration team "The Siskins".

Armstrong Whitworth Siskin Mk. III (2), (Serial Nos. J7758), 10, (later 301), Mk. IIIA (8), (Serial Nos. 20), (later 302), 21 (later 303), 22 (later 304), 23, 59 (later 305), 60 (later 306), 61, 210, (later 309), Mk. IIIDC dual control (2), (Serial Nos. 62), (later 307), and 63 (later 308), for a total of 12 aircraft.  None are preserved in Canada.

Armstrong Whitworth Siskin Mk. IIIA, RCAF (Serial No. 60), 13 Jul 1934.  (Library and Archives Canada Photo, MIKAN No. 3203339)

Armstrong Whitworth Siskin Mk. IIIA, left to right, RCAF (Serial Nos 210, 21, 20 & 60), 12 Jul 1934.  (Library and Archives Canada Photo, MIKAN No. 3521018)

Armstrong Whitworth Siskin, (Serial No. J7758), ca. 1926.  (RCAF Photo)

Armstrong Whitworth Siskin, (Serial No. J7759), ca. 1926.  (Library and Archives Canada Photo, MIKAN No. 3543750)

Armstrong Whitworth Siskin Mk. III dual control training aircraft, RCAF (Serial No. 63), St Hubert, Quebec, 1928.  (Library and Archives Canada Photo, MIKAN No. 3650315)