Westland Welkin climb rate?

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  1. Harry64

    Harry64 New Member

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    is the climb rate I read on wiki from 3,850 ft/min (19.58 m/sec) possible for this fighter
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    I ask, because the Welkin had thick wings and that is not particularly favorable for fast climbing, or?

    Maybe anyone have other data?

    Harry
     
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    I don't see that thick wings would be bad for rate of climb. Bad for top speeds at low altitude maybe.
    It was designed to be a high altitude interceptor, and that high aspect ratio, thick wing is probably part of the reason for that good rate of climb.
     
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    She was designed for high altitude and with those wings would go up like a lift, think U2. A bigger problem would be coming down again, its a guess but the difference between stall speed and VNE was probably closer than you would think. Its a common problem with very high aspect ratio wings
     
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    Why is that if I may ask?
     
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    #5 Greyman, Jan 6, 2017
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    A&AEE has 2,715 ft/min at +6.75lb boost and 2850 rpm at low altitudes. (10,020 lb).

    Not sure what +9 boost and 3000 rpm would be capable of ...

    **EDIT: whoops, this is the Whirlwind, not the Welkin. I got a bit excited about another Whirlwind thread and jumped the gun.

    Data Sheet info for Welkin:

    Mk.I - 30,000 ft in 12 min
    Mk.II - 30,000 ft in 14 min
     
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    That's exactly what I did! :thumbleft:

    A little more on the Welkin's appraisal from Boscombe Down..

    Welkin.jpg
     
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    The service ceiling of the Welkin is listed in wiki as 44,000 feet. That doesnt seem to be much return for all the effort.
     
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