Kennedy Giant

The Kennedy Giant was a British biplane heavy bomber designed by Kennedy Aeroplanes Ltd. during the First World War. The design was an imitation of works by Igor Sikorsky, with whom the owner of Kennedy Aeroplanes Ltd., C. J. H. Mackenzie-Kennedy, had ostensibly worked prior to setting up the company. The aeroplane was a notorious failure; its size meant that construction had to take place in an open field as none of the hangars near Hayes, Middlesex, where the prototype was assembled, were large enough to house it. For its weight, the aircraft's four engines were inadequate, and the resulting under-powered aircraft could only fly in a straight line once airborne.

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The prototype aircraft
Role Heavy bomber
Manufacturer Fairey Aviation, Gramophone Company
Designer McKenzie-Kennedy
First flight "hopped" 1917
Primary user Royal Flying Corps
Number built 1

Following the unimpressive test flight, the design was cancelled and the prototype was left derelict at Northolt Aerodrome for a number of years.


Data from [1]

General characteristics

  • Length: 80 ft (24 m)
  • Wingspan: 142 ft (43 m)
  • Empty weight: 19,000 lb (8,618 kg)
  • Powerplant: 4 × Salmson 2M.7 14-cyl. two-row water-cooled radial engines, 200 hp (150 kW) each [2]


See alsoEdit


  1. ^ Gey, C.G. (1969). Jane's All the World's Aircraft 1919 (Facsimile ed.). London: David & Charles (Publishers) Limited. ISBN 0-7153-4647-4.
  2. ^ Hartmann, Gerard. LA SOCIETE DES MOTEURS SALMSON (in French). France: Hartmann.
  • Bruce, J.M. (1957). British Aeroplanes 1914-18 (1st ed.). London: Putnam. pp. 287–289.
  • Woodman, Harry (September 1985). "MacKenzie-Kennedy & his works". WW1 Aero (106): 5–11.
  • "Correspondence". WW1 Aero (108): 18–19. February 1986.

External linksEdit

letter on McKenzie-Kennedy in Flight 1967