Arrow Active

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caption=Arrow Active 2
type=Aerobatic sportsplane
manufacturer=Arrow Aircraft Ltd.
designer=A. C. Thornton
first flight=1931
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The Arrow Active was a British aerobatic aircraft built in the 1930s. It was a single-seat biplane of conventional configuration, with single-bay, staggered wings of unequal span. The upper and lower wings were joined by a single interplane strut. The undercarriage was fixed, with a pair of mainwheels and a tail-skid. It was powered by a 115hp (86kW) Cirrus Hermes IIB engine.

The second aircraft built featured a more powerful 120hp (90kW) de Havilland Gipsy III and was designated Active 2. It also differed from the Active 1 in having a strutted centre section and a revised, almost semi-circular fin and rudder.

Operational history

Although it was originally hoped ["Flight" 1931, 727] that the military might show an interest in the aircraft, this did not transpire, and the Active was flown as a sports plane. The Active 1 "G-ABIX" received its Certificate of Airworthiness on 21 May 1931Jackson 1973, page 286] and flew at 132.2 mph (212 km/h) in the 1932 King's Cup Race. It was Alex Henshaw's mount in the second half of 1935 until destroyed in a crash that December.

The Active 2 "G-ABVE" was certified on 29 June 1932Jackson 1973, page 287] and flew in the King's Cup in both 1932 and 1933. Slightly faster than the Arrow 1, it recorded a speed of 137 mph (220 km/h)


;Active 1:One aircraft powered by a 115hp (86kW) Cirrus Hermes IIB engine.;Active 2:One aircraft powered by a 120hp (90kW) de Havilland Gipsy III engine, rebuilt in 1958 with a de Havilland Gipsy Major 1C.


Rebuilt in 1958, and again in 1989, the Active 2 was still on the British civil register as of 2008, flying as a display aircraft with The Real Aeroplane Company. []

pecifications (Active 2)

"Data from" [Jackson pp.407-8]

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*cite book |last= Jackson|first= A.J.|authorlink= |coauthors= |title= British Civil Aircraft since 1919 Volume 1|year= 1973|publisher= Putnam|location= London|isbn=0 370 10006 9

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