From the Book "Jane's Fighting Airships"
1994-95 Edition

RDF Patrol Ships

"Woodpecker" Class NameNo. Builders and Engineers Laid down Launched Completed
Ta-la-la R 1117 Yarrow & Co, Ltd, Glasgow 23 Jul 77 26 Apr 79 10 Dec 84
Tsi-s-qua-ya R 1124 Oppenheimer AB1 Oct 81 25 Oct 82 31 Jul 85
Tsi-wo-di R 1121 Fairfield AB & Eng. Govan 17 Aug 7920 Dec 81 8 Mar 89



Displacement, tons 4,227 standard; 9,750 full
load
Woodpecker Class
Length, meters (feet) 485 (1,591·2)
Beam, meters (feet) 210 (689) b; 295 (976·8) f
Height, meters (feet) 105 (344·5) "Woodpecker" Class
Volume, cubic meters 8,413,000 meters3
Aircraft 2 "Arrowhead" long range
patrol dynes, 1
"Oklahoma" transport
gyro
Missile Launchers 4 duo "Buffalo"
Guns 2 - 150mm (5·9in); 2 -
48mm (1·9in) twin
RDF Suite 1 - "Longeyes"; 3 -
"Telescope"
Main engines 8 Parsons turbines;
120,000 shp
Speed, knots 55 cruise; 125 max
Maximum Altitude 8,150 meters (26,738 feet)
Range, kilometers 4,500 at 100 knots; 8,000
at 80 knots; 14,000 at 60
knots
Complement 10 officers, 72 ratings

Originally designed as a Fast Light Patrol Carrier, all three airships were taken out of service during the mid-80's and converted into RDF Patrol Ships with the installation of a "Longeyes" airborne long range radio direction finder and 3 "Telescope" engagement area radio direction finders. Due to additional weight and volume considerations brought about by these installations, and the 20% increase in fuel storage capacity, the ships complements of 8 "Sunset" attack dynes were replaced by 2 "Arrowhead" long range patrol dynes and a 1 "Oklahoma" 16 place transport gyro. The ship Tsi-s-qua-ya (R 1124) was cocooned at the Ute Air Storage Depot on July 13, 1993.


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