Supermarine Sparrow II 36" Free Flight N095

Skill Level: Intermediate

More than 230 parts

Supermarine Sparrow II 36" Free Flight


Scale: ~1/10
Prop: 9
Channels: Free Flight --Not an RC Model
Wheels: Balsa Ply w Neo Tires
Wingspan: 36"
Airfoil Type: flat bottomed
Wing Area: 220 sq in
Cowl: N/A
Designer: M.K. Bengtson
Weight: ~5 oz
Spinner: N/A
Prototype Builder: Ian Easton
Power System: GWS IPS
Supermarine Sparrow Freight Flight

Supermarine Sparrow Freight Flight

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  • Although primarily designed for Free Flight, this model can easily be converted to electric RC


The new Supermarine Sparrow II was entered into the 1926 Daily Mail Two-seater Light Aeroplane Competition held in Lympne, Kent, UK. This event encouraged thousands of new amateur pilots and spurred the eventual private ownership of hundreds of small aircraft. The event has several notable first public appearances for several famous aircraft. Among them are the de Havilland Moth, the AVRO Avian, and the Blackburn Bluebird. The contest was fraught with problems and many of the competitors suffered ill fortunes. The Sparrow II flown by Henri Biard, had to make a forced landing due to bad weather and took off again the next day. The landing was also required due to the fact that the observer traveling with Biard noticed that one of the pins holding in one of the wing struts had become loose. If it came out the whole wing would have come off, of which Biard reportedly said it "would have been very annoying". On the ground, as the crew was getting out of the aircraft, the wind blew over the plane. They righted the craft and reinserted the pin. As it was late, they had to spend an uncomfortable the night out there with their plane. This eliminated the Sparrow II from the competition, which was won by the Hawker Cygnet flown by Flt. Lt. P.W.S. Bulman and only three other aircraft finished the race. The Sparrow II went on in 1927 to be useful in testing out various airfoils (including the Clark Y) for Supermarine under contract with the British Air Ministry.