Armstrong Whitworth Albemarle Aircraft

Albemarle I

Production Details

Design Company:

Sir W.G. Armstrong Whitworth Aircraft Ltd

First Flight:

20 March 1940


2 - Sir W.G. Armstrong Whitworth Aircraft Ltd

Albemarle I:

42 - A.W. Hawksley Ltd

Albemarle IV:

1 - A.W. Hawksley Ltd

Albemarle S.T.I:

78 - A.W. Hawksley Ltd

Albemarle S.T.II:

99 - A.W. Hawksley Ltd

Albemarle S.T.V:

49 - A.W. Hawksley Ltd

Albemarle S.T.VI:

133 - A.W. Hawksley Ltd

Albemarle G.T.I:

80 - A.W. Hawksley Ltd

Albemarle G.T.II:

1 - A.W. Hawksley Ltd

Albemarle G.T.VI:

117 - A.W. Hawksley Ltd

Type Specification

Applies to:

Armstrong Whitworth Albemarle G.T.VI


Twin engined paratroop transport and glider tug


Mid wing cantilever monoplane. Centre section spar consists of four square steel booms. Two steel tube ribs at each end of spar carry main power unit and landing gear pick up points. Centre section covered top and bottom with non stressed plywood. Outer wing sections have two spars with spruce booms, standard ribs are of spruce and plywood, and wing is covered with plywood


Steel tube framework to which fairing panels of spruce and plywood are attached

Tail Unit:

Cantilever monoplane type with twin fins and rudders. Tail plane and fins have two spruce and plywood spars, spruce and plywood ribs and plywood covering. Elevators and rudders have single steel tubular spars, spruce and plywood ribs and plywood covering.

Landing Gear:

Retractable tricycle type. Main wheels retract backward into engine nacelles and are partially enclosed by light alloy doors. The nose wheel is raised backwards into front fuselage.

Power Plant:

Two 1,590 hp Bristol Hercules XI fourteen cylinder radial air cooled engines


Navigator in nose, two pilots side by side and radio operator in forward fuselage. As paratroop carrier accommodation for ten fully armed troops



77 ft


59 ft 11 in


15 ft 7 in

Wing Area:

803.5 sq ft



22,600 lb

Max Overloaded:

36,500 lb


Max Speed:

265 mph at 10,500 ft

Service Ceiling:

18,000 ft


1,350 miles

Preserved in British Museums

None known

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