Blackburn
White Falcon

A one-off two-seat monoplane built for the personal use of Blackburn’s test pilot W Rowland Ding.
Blackburn White Falcon Roundhay Park W Rowland Ding The Blackburn White Falcon in Roundhay Park with test pilot W Rowland Ding in the cockpit.
 
Blackburn Chief Test Pilot W. Rowland Ding actually commissioned this two-seat monoplane for his own use, possibly to enable him to fly to different locations and whereby he would conduct tests for other manufacturers. It may also have been used as a Communications aircraft by Ding during deliveries to RNAS Stations and subsequently as a ferry aircraft to bring delivery pilots back to the Leeds Works after delivering the BE2c aircraft that Blackburn were building for the RFC. 
 
The White Falcon aircraft was constructed at the Olympia Works (Leeds) during 1915 and was probably first flown in early 1916. It was a clean, mid-wing monoplane design seating two persons in tandem and it was powered by a 100 hp Anzani radial engine driving a four-blade wooden propeller.
 
It bore a resemblance to the Blackburn Type I Monoplane that was being operated on floats from Lake Windermere and which was known as the ‘Land / Sea’ Monoplane. The main difference between the types was that White Falcon had a square cross-section fuselage rather than the inverted triangular section normally associated with previous Blackburn monoplanes.
 
The aircraft was flown from Soldiers’ Field in Roundhay Park, Leeds and bore the Blackburn Company insignia on the fuselage side and the pilot’s monogram on the rudder. It later received service roundels on the fuselage side and the wings, but never carried service serial number. 
 
Sadly, very little further information is available concerning the type’s use and history.
 
Blackburn White Falcon three qtr port side The White Falcon monoplane in front of an admiring crowd in Roundhay Park.
 

Variants & Numbers Built

One only, no serial number, built in 1915.

Specification

Powerplant
One 100 hp Anzani radial engine
Span
39 ft 6 in
Maximum Weight
Not known
Capacity & Armament
Pilot and passenger, unarmed.
Maximum speed
87 mph (estimated)
 

Survivors

Nil.