Short Sturgeon


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Sturgeon TT Mk 3

Originally designed as a twin-engined naval reconnaissance bomber for operation from the Ark Royal and Hermes-class aircraft carriers. With the end of the war, the need for such an aircraft receded and so a new specification was drawn up to convert the Sturgeon into a high-performance carrier-based target tug, suitable for towing targets for ground-to-air firing practice, photographic marking of ground-to-air firing, target towing for air-to-air practice by night and day, 'throw-off' target practice and radar calibration. The FAA received a small number during the early 1950s.

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Short SturgeonA three-view drawing (688 x 642)

 MODELSturgeon TT3
 ENGINE2 x 2080hp Rolls-Royce Merlin 140 liquid-cooled engines
  Take-off weight9840 kg21694 lb
  Empty weight7696 kg16967 lb
  Wingspan18.26 m60 ft 11 in
  Length13.70 m45 ft 11 in
  Wing area48.16 m2518.39 sq ft
  Max. speed590 km/h367 mph
  Ceiling10700 m35100 ft

Sturgeon TT2

GrahamClayton, e-mail, 01.01.2023 07:25

The SB3 with droopy nose is an exceptionally ugly aircraft.


Mike Hoare, e-mail, 30.06.2012 03:09

The RAF used a Sturgeon equipped with Venom 3 night fighter radar for training navigators from Coltishall Squadrons in 1955.


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