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British Aircraft Double Eagle

B.A.IV Double Eagle
Double Eagle in 1936
Role Twin-engined utlility monoplane
National origin United Kingdom
Manufacturer British Aircraft Manufacturing Company
First flight 1936
Number built 3

The British Aviation B.A.IV Double Eagle was a British twin-engined six-seater monoplane designed and built by the British Aircraft Manufacturing Company of London Air Park, Hanworth, England.

Design and development

The Double Eagle was a twin-engined high-wing monoplane with a retractable landing gear, the main gear retracting backwards into the engine nacelles.[1] It was powered by two 130hp (97kW) de Havilland Gipsy Major engines and was first flown in 1936.[1] Double Eagle G-AEIN was entered into the Schlesinger Race (from Portsmouth to Johannesburg) in 1936 and flown by Tommy Rose but was retired when it got damaged on an airfield in Cairo, due to the undercarriage folding.[2] Only three aircraft were built. The second aircraft, fitted with two de Havilland Gipsy VIs ended its life as an instructional airframe with the Royal Air Force in 1941.[1] The last aircraft was sold in South Africa as an aerial surveying aircraft, it was impressed into service with 60 Squadron[3] of the South African Air Force in 1940.[1] Other information [4]says, that two Double Eagles were produced, and both were impressed by RAF. G-ADVV (ES 949) was used by AW, and later Parnall, G-AEIN (ES 950) as instructional airframe.


 South Africa
 United Kingdom

Specifications (with Gipsy Major)

Data from [1]

General characteristics
  • Crew: 1
  • Capacity: 5
  • Length: 29 ft 10 in (9.1 m)
  • Wingspan: 41 ft 0 in (12.5 m)
  • Empty weight: 2000 lb (907 kg)
  • Gross weight: 3500 lb (1588 kg)
  • Powerplant: 2 × de Havilland Gipsy Major, 130 hp (97 kW) each


  • Maximum speed: 165 mph (265 km/h)
  • Cruise speed: 145 mph (232 km/h)

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