Supermarine 322 (S.24/37)
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Supermarine 322 (S.24/37)

Two prototypes, first flown in February 1943. No production.

Supermarine 322 (S.24/37)A three-view drawing (752 x 1014)

 ENGINE1 x 1300hp Rolls-Royce Merlin 30
    Take-off weight5448 kg12011 lb
    Empty weight4165 kg9182 lb
    Wingspan15.24 m50 ft 0 in
    Length12.19 m40 ft 0 in
    Height4.32 m14 ft 2 in
    Wing area29.68 m2319.47 sq ft
    Max. speed449 km/h279 mph
    Range1328 km825 miles
 ARMAMENT2 x 7.7mm machine-guns, 6 x 113-kg bombs or a torpedo

Tim Brown, 31.01.2018

S24/37... that would have been an Air Ministry requirement (the RAF was running the Fleet Air Arm and procuring aircraft up until 1938, and responsible for initiating many of the machines mentioned)... so Oldgysgt is wrong to say "the admirals who were in charge of aircraft procurement had flown nothing more advanced than an oak desk"... it would have been Air Marshals although, of course, the same criticism might apply to their 'Air Ships'

Oldgysgt, 11.01.2016

When one remembers the obsolete crap that was pawned off on the Royal Navy in the late 1930ís and early 1940ís,(the Blackburn B-24 Skua and B-25 Roc, the Fairey Swordfish, Albacore, Fulmar and Barracuda), the Supermarine 322 would have been right at home. Clearly the Admirals who were in charge of aircraft procurement for the Royal Navy had flown nothing more advanced than an Oak desk. The brave air crewmen of Britainís senior service deserved better.

Paul, 17.05.2012

The extra mechanism made the aircraft too heavy and it had nasty stalling characteristics at high incidence. (From Eric Brown's book "Wings on my sleeve).

Barry, 15.04.2011

Specification S24/37 was the same spec. as the Fairey Barracuda which first flew in 1940. I suspect that this freak could not have been any worse than that freak.

Steve Mcnair, 24.11.2010

"This was a design to meet Specification S.24/37 for a naval torpedo bomber and reconnaissance plane. Two prototypes were built, carrying the s/ns R1810 and R1815. R1810, as seen on the picture, made its first flight in February 1943. Externally, Type 322 did not show very modern lines with its fixed undercarriage! Most notable feature of the plane, nicknamed 'Dumbo' , was its variable incidence wing which allowed the angle of attack to be changed in-flight by some 15į. The variable incidence mechanism was powered by a small 1.5 hp electric engine. The 'Dumbo' was largely constructed of wood."

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