Blackburn Mercury

Blackburn Mercury

Infobox Aircraft

manufacturer=Blackburn Aeroplane Company
designer=Robert Blackburn
first flight=17 May 1911
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number built=9
developed from=Blackburn Second Monoplane
variants with their own articles=
The Blackburn Mercury was an early British aircraft designed as a pilot trainer for the Blackburn Flying School in 1911. It was an enlarged, two-seat version of the Blackburn Second Monoplane that flew earlier that year. It was a mid-wing monoplane of conventional configuration that accommodated pilot and student in tandem, open cockpits.

This prototype was displayed at the Olympia Aero Show in March 1911 and led to orders being placed for two racers to participate in the "Daily Mail" Circuit of Britain race. The first of these crashed on take-off, and the second was eventually rebuilt into a two-seat trainer under the designation Type B. Another six Mercuries were built for various private buyers.

A full-scale non-flying replica of Mercury II configuration was constructed for the Yorkshire Television series "Flambards" and is now displayed at the Yorkshire Air Museum.


* Mercury I - two-seat prototype powered by Isaacson engine (1 built)
* Mercury II - single-seat racer version with Gnome rotary engine (2 built)
** Type B - one Mercury II converted to two-seat trainer
* Mercury III or Mercury Passenger Type - (6 built) two seaters powered by a variety of Isaacson, Gnome, and Anzani engines

pecifications (Mercury I)

aircraft specifications

plane or copter?=plane
jet or prop?=prop


crew=2, pilot and student
payload main=
payload alt=
length main= 33 ft
length alt=10.06
span main=38 ft 4 in
span alt=11.69
height main=6 ft 9 in
height alt=2.06
area main= 288
area alt= 26.8
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loaded weight main=1,000 lb
loaded weight alt=450 kg
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engine (prop)=Isaacson
type of prop=seven cylinder air cooled radial engine
number of props=1
power main= 50 hp
power alt= 37 kW
power original=

max speed main= 60 mph
max speed alt= 100 km/h
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* [ Yorkshire Air Museum website]
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similar aircraft=

sequence= Type B -
Type D -
Type E -
Type I


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