Into the Archives – The Blackburn Lincock
In 1928 Blackburn designed and built a private venture lightweight biplane fighter powered by an Armstrong Siddeley Lynx IVC engine. The Blackburn F.2 Lincock was of wooden construction and first appeared in May 1928. It performed well in demonstrations but failed to gain any orders. The Canadian government showed an interest in the design, and a metal construction variant (the Lincock II) was built. It was tested in Canada at Camp Borden in 1930 who were interested in using the Lincock as an advanced trainer but the type was not ordered. It was later used to perform public aerobatic displays through 1933 and 1934.
The BAE Systems heritage team recently built a full scale model of the Lincock and loaned it to the Hull Streetlife Museum to become part of their display of Historic Hull. Today it flies in pride of place above the their 1940’s recreation of High Street.