Hawker Danecock

The Hawker Danecock was a version of the Woodcock II fighter designed for Denmark, and produced under license there as the L.B.II Dankok. The Danish Government placed an order for three modified Woodcock IIs after evaluating a demonstration aircraft in 1925. Unlike the British Woodcocks the Danecock was to be powered by the Armstrong Siddeley Jaguar engine, the engine originally used in the Woodcock I.

Work on the Danecock was led by Sydney Camm, at this time a member of George Carter's design team. Camm slightly lengthened the fuselage of the aircraft. The equal-span single-bay wings of the Woodcock were modified - the upper wing was increased in span and the lower wing reduced. The first of the three Hawker-produced aircraft was ready in December 1925, and all three reached Denmark in 1926.

Licence production began at the Danish Royal Navy Dockyard in 1927, and twelve aircraft were built in 1927-28. They were used to equip one squadron of the Danish Army Air Service and one Naval Squadron, remaining in service until 1937. During that period the Danecock established a Scandinavian Altitude Record of 28,208ft that stood from 1927 to 1935.

Engine: Armstrong Siddeley Jaguar IV
Power: 385hp
Crew: 1
Wing span: 32ft 7in
Length: 26ft 1 1/4in
Height: 10ft 1in
Empty Weight: 2,128lb
Loaded Weight: 3,045lb
Max Speed: 145mph at sea level
Cruising Speed: 105mph
Service Ceiling: 22,800ft
Endurance: 2 ½ hours
Armament: Two synchronised 7.7mm Madsen machine guns
Bomb-load: None

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How to cite this article: Rickard, J (9 April 2010), Hawker Danecock , http://www.historyofwar.org/articles/weapons_hawker_danecock.html

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