Blackburn 2F.1 Nautilus
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Blackburn 2F.1 Nautilus

A two-seat shipboard fighter-reconnaissance aircraft designed by F A Bumpus to Specification 0.22/26, the Nautilus was of all-metal construction with duralumin and fabric skinning, and was flown for the first time in May 1929 with a 525hp Rolls-Royce F.XIIMS 12- cylinder liquid-cooled engine. Armament comprised one forward-firing 7.7mm Vickers gun and a Lewis gun of similar calibre on a ring mounting in the rear cockpit. Other contenders for the contract were the Short Gurnard, the Fairey Fleetwing and a navalized version of the Hawker Hart. After competitive trials during the autumn of 1929, the last mentioned type was selected for production as the Osprey. Only one Nautilus prototype was completed.

Blackburn 2F.1 NautilusA three-view drawing (1278 x 936)

    Take-off weight2155 kg4751 lb
    Empty weight1462 kg3223 lb
    Wingspan11.28 m37 ft 0 in
    Length9.65 m32 ft 8 in
    Height3.30 m11 ft 10 in
    Wing area42.55 m2458.00 sq ft
    Max. speed248 km/h154 mph
    Range603 km375 miles

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