Originally designated the C.8L Mk IV, the two-seat C.8W was the most powerful of the C.8 line. It was fitted with a 220-horsepower Wright Whirlwind J-5 instead of the British Wolseley Viper used in some previous iterations.

Overview

Data on design, manufacture and status

Design authority: Cierva Autogiro Company Ltd.

Primary manufacturer: Cierva Autogiro Company Ltd.

Parent type: No type defined

Aircraft status: No longer flying

Configuration

Primary flight and mechanical characteristics

VTOL type: Gyroplane

Compound type: Lift

Lift configuration: Single main rotor

Dedicated control device: Rudder

Dedicated propulsion devices: 1

Crew required: 1

Crew seating: Tandem

Landing gear: Wheels (non-retractable)

Layout and Dimensions

Data on aircraft size

Overall Dimensions
Overall Height:  
Overall Length:  
Overall Width: 11.89 m 39.0 ft
Airframe Dimensions
Airframe Length:  
Airframe Width: 7.07 m 23.2 ft
Airframe Height:  
Landing Gear Dimensions
Landing Gear Base:  
Landing Gear Track:  
Cabin Dimensions
Cabin Internal Height:  
Cabin Internal Length:  
Cabin Internal Width:  

Weights and Performance

Data on aircraft weight and flight characteristics

Cruise Speed: 85 mph (136.794 km/h)

Weights
Max Gross Weight (ground): 1,080 kg 2,380 lb
Max Gross Weight (airborne):  
Max Take-off Weight: 1,080 kg 2,380 lb
Empty Weight: 787 kg 1,735 lb
Useful Load: 293 kg 645 lb
Empty Weight Fraction: 0.729
Climb Performance
Max Rate of Climb:  
Hover Performance
Hover Ceiling IGE:  
Hover Ceiling OGE:  
Limitations
Max Level Flight Speed: 161 km/h 87 kts
Never Exceed Speed:  
Service Ceiling:  
Range and Endurance
Max Range:  
Max Endurance:  

Engine Details

Aircraft powerplant (lift and/or propulsion)

Provided powerplant data is for uninstalled, sea level, static operations.

Normal Ratings
Max continuous:  
Take-off / rated: 149 kW 200 hp
Intermediate:  
Maximum:  
OEI Ratings
OEI contingency:  
OEI continuous:  
OEI 30-second:  
OEI intermediate:  

Primary Lift Device

Data on primary lift devices such as main rotors

Main Rotor Characteristics
Diameter: 11.89 m 39.00 ft
RPM:  
Direction of Rotation: Counterclockwise
Hub Type:
Main Rotor Blade Characteristics
Blade Construction:
Blade Chord:  
Blade Tip Geometry:
Blade Twist:  
Number of Blades: 4
Main Rotor Derived Characteristics
Disc Area: 110.98 m² 1194.6 ft²
Disc Loading: 9.73 kg/m² 1.992 lb/ft²
Solidity:  
Main Rotor Blade Derived Characteristics
Blade area per blade:  
Tip Speed:  

Primary Control Device

Data on primary control devices such as tail rotors

Tail Rotor Characteristics
Diameter:  
Configuration: Unknown
Direction of Rotation: Unknown
RPM:  
Tail Rotor Blade Characteristics
Number of Blades:  
Blade Construction: N/A
Blade Chord:  
Blade Twist:  
Tail Rotor Derived Characteristics
Disc Area:  
Solidity:  
Tail Rotor Blade Derived Characteristics
Tip Speed:  
Blade Area (per blade):  

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