Blackburn R.T.1 Kangaroo


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Blackburn R.T.1 Kangaroo

The Blackburn Kangaroo was originally designed as a naval reconnaissance and bomber seaplane, but was later converted to a landplane. Twenty-four Kangaroos were built, the first example flying in July 1916, and 10 of these were issued to No 246 Squadron (the only unit to operate the type) at Seaton Carew, on the Durham coast, from January 1918. Operations began on 1 May, the Kangaroos flying more than 600 hours on anti-submarine patrols over the North Sea between then and 11 November. During that time they were credited with 12 U-boat sightings and 11 attacks, one of which, on 28 August, resulted in the shared destruction of UC 70 with the destroyer HMS Ouse. They were withdrawn in May 1919.

Blackburn R.T.1 KangarooA three-view drawing (670 x 666)

 ENGINE2 x 255hp Rolls-Royce Falcon II 12-cylinder inline engines
  Take-off weight3636 kg8016 lb
  Wingspan22.82 m75 ft 10 in
  Length14.02 m46 ft 0 in
  Height5.13 m17 ft 10 in
  Max. speed161 km/h100 mph
  Ceiling3200 m10500 ft
 ARMAMENT2 x 7.62mm, 450kg of bombs

Blackburn R.T.1 Kangaroo

Klaatu83, e-mail, 18.08.2012 21:34

The upper photo shows a Kangaroo modified into an airliner after World War I. Another Kangaroo was modified to undertake a post-war long-range flight from Britain to Australia, but it crashed while en route.


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