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Great Britain's Supermarine Sea Otter amphibian

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  • Supermarine Sea Otter Mk I amphibian
  • Supermarine Sea Otter Mk I amphibian
  • Supermarine Sea Otter Mk I amphibian
  • Supermarine Sea Otter Mk I amphibian

 

Design

The Supermarine Sea Otter was the last biplane used by the British Fleet Air Arm. The Sea Otter was to replace the Walrus.

The Sea Otter had retractable landing gear. The Sea Otter could be catapulted from ships.

Prototype

The prototype of the Sea Otter first flew in August 1938.

Production

  • Sea Otter Mk I: 290
    • Manufacturer: Saunders-Roe Ltd.
    • Production: 1943 - 1946

Usage

The Sea Otter joined the Fleet Air Arm in November 1944.

After World War II

Up until the 1950s the Sea Otter was still being used for Liaison and rescue operations.

Specifications

  Supermarine Sea Otter Mk I
Type Air Sea Rescue, Liaison
Crew 3 - 4
Engine (Type) Bristol Mercury XXX
Cylinders Radial 9
Cooling Air
HP 850, 870
Propeller blades 3 blade Rotol constant speed
Dimensions  
Span 46'
14 m
Length 39' 4.75", 39' 5"
12 m
Height 16' 2"
4.9 m
Wing area 610 sq ft
56.6 sq m
Weight  
Loaded 10,000 lb
4,540 kg
Performance  
Speed at 5,000' 150 mph
Service ceiling 16,000'
Range 725 miles
Armament 3: MG
3 or 4: 0.303" Vickers K MG
Wings Bombs or depth charges

Sources:

  1. World War II Airplanes Volume 1, Enzo Angelucci, Paolo Matricardi, 1976
  2. Jane's Fighting Aircraft of World War II, 1989
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