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  Percival Q.6 Petrel 
 

History

The Percival Q6 was the largest of a series of low-wing monoplanes manufactured by Percival Aircraft Ltd., all of which had enhanced the company's reputation. The Q6 seated either six or seven passengers, or could be fully equipped as freighter, or ambulance.  The two gipsy engines of either 140 hp or 205 hp each, giving cruising speeds of 160-181 mph with retractable undercarriage, and 5-9 mph less with fixed undercarriage.

A total of 4 Percival Q.6 were added to the inventory of the Fleet Air Arm, including one ex RAF aircraft and the others being impressed from September 1939 onwards. The first W9374 was impressed ex G-AFFE. The aircraft AX860 was delivered to 860 squadron in December 1940 to  781 squadron. The last remained with the FAA until December 1944 (P5638).


           Total FAA 1939-1945:             4
            First delivered to RN:              9.1939
            First squadron 1939 -1945:       781 squadron
            Last served with RN                12.1944 P5638

Aircraft Type:
Percival Q.6 Petrel
Mark:
-
Primary Role:
communications
First Flight: 
14 September 1937
Date operating with FAA squadrons:
1939-1944
Manufacturer:
Percival Aircraft Ltd
Engine:
Two 140-205 hp De Havilland Gipsy Six inline engines 
 Wing Span: Length: Height: Wing Area: 
Wingspan:14.22m, Length: 9.83, Height: 2.97m, Wing Area 25.83 sq m. 
Empty Weight: Max.Weight:
Empty Weight: 1588kg
Maximum Weight: 2495kg
Speed: 

Ceiling: 

Range:

cruising speeds of 160-181 mph (282-314 km/h)
6400m
1207 km
Armament: 
None
Crew:
2 and six or seven passengers
Squadrons:
730,781,782,787
Battle honours:
None
Additional references and notes:
-

Battle Honours and Operatinal History
None with FAA


Surviving aircraft and relics
No information - believed extinct

Associations and reunions
No information
FURTHER INFORMATION
 
Sturtivant, R. & Burrow, M
                      (1995)
'Sturtivant, R. & Burrow, M (1995) 'Fleet Air Arm Aircraft 1939 to 1945'  Published by Air Britain (Historians) Ltd, 1995 ISBN: 085130 232 7 
   
Created 3-4-1999, Modified 3-4-2000

 

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