AW FK.8 (Windsock Datafile 64)
By J. M. Bruce
Publisher: Albatros Productions Limited 1997 40 Pages
PDF 33 MB
In operational service, both on the Western Front and elsewhere the Armstrong Whitworth FK8 proved to be an effective, sturdy and, above all, dependable combat aeroplane. It was versatile too, being employed for reconnaissance, artillery spotting, contact patrol and ground attack duties as well as night and day bombing throughout the battles of 1917 and 1918.
Two of the 19 Victoria Crosses awarded to airmen in WWI were FK8 pilots and the type was always popular with its crews, yet only five squadrons of the type were operational in France and until now it has remained one of the lesser-documented aeroplanes of the war. With the publication of this DATAFILE author J M Bruce provides a long-overdue tribute to Frederick Koolhoven's rugged two seater with many rare photos, structural details and re-drafted scale drawings by Ian Stair. The result is a unique and valuable document on one of 'The Great War's' unsung classics.