Camouflage & Markings – Armstrong Whitworth Siskin
The first prototype of the Siskin flew in May 1919. Unfortunately its Dragonfly engine, of which much was expected, proved to be lacking in power and was unreliable. Hence, after some long time, the aircraft was redesigned with a metal airframe and fitted with the Siddeley Jaguar engine. Designated Siskin III, it first flew early in May 1923 and six were delivered to the RAF for evaluation in January 1924. It entered front-line service with 41 Squadron at Northolt in May 1924. The improved Mark IIIA Siskin with the later, supercharged, Jaguar IVA engine entered service in 1926.
The Siskins were replaced by Bulldogs in front-line service by October 1932. They were all painted silver with coloured squadron markings on them, the Mk. III’s and some Mk. IIIA’s having the noses painted grey.
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