Two prototypes, first flown in February 1943. No production.
|A three-view drawing (752 x 1014)|
| ENGINE||1 x 1300hp Rolls-Royce Merlin 30|
| Take-off weight||5448 kg||12011 lb|
| Empty weight||4165 kg||9182 lb|
| Wingspan||15.24 m||50 ft 0 in|
| Length||12.19 m||40 ft 0 in|
| Height||4.32 m||14 ft 2 in|
| Wing area||29.68 m2||319.47 sq ft|
| Max. speed||449 km/h||279 mph|
| Range||1328 km||825 miles|
| ARMAMENT||2 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'
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.
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).
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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