AMC DH.9a Ninak
The AMC DH.9a, said “Ninak”, was born out of the necessity to replace the underperforming DH9 essentialy due to inferior performance of its engine (Puma).
The DH.9a was powered by the american Liberty engine (400hp). Shaken from isolationist lethargy by declaration of war in 1917, the USA decided to make up for their lack of aviation technology and production capacity. To do this , they consult french and english officers and technicians to brief them on aviation engine requirements. The Liberty (modularity : 4,6, 8 or 12 cylinders) engine was quickly born and it became a remarkable achievement engine that served ably and reliably around the world during the 1920’s decade. The V-12 was placed in mass production, 20478 were built.
In the 1920’s, the DH.9a was one of the key weapons used by Britain to manage the territories that were in its control following the collapse of the Ottoman Empire following the Great War. Five squadrons of DH.9a served in the Middle East, occasionally carrying out bombing raids against rebellious tribesmen. An additional radiator was fitted under the fuselage to cope with the high temperatures, with additional water containers and spares (including spare wheels lashed to the fuselage) in case the aircraft were forced down in the desert. Despite this, the aircraft served successfully in such harsh conditions.
The joined vintage photo shows the typical Middle East serving Ninak 3510 in the 1920’s, seen here over the River Tigris. It was based at Hinaidi, near Bagdad, marked “L” of the No°8 Sqdn.
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Why Ninak ? It comes from nine (9) and “ack” (a). In military phonetic alphabet for UK radio communications, the letter a was “ack” in 1918, as we say now “alpha”.
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