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Supermarine Seal / Seagull

The first Supermarine Seagull was a converted Seal fitted with a more powerful Napier Lion II engine. Production began with six wooden Seagull Is for the Fleet Air Arm, these being deployed on board the aircraft carrier HMS Eagle from 1923 to 1925. They were subsequently transferred to the Royal Australian Air Force, which used them to continue aerial survey work started by a flight of Fairey IIIDs in 1924. Two more The Supermarine Seagull, first ordered by the Air Ministry in 1922, literally kept the company afloat until orders for other designs came along. batches of five and 13 aircraft were ordered for service with the Royal Navy. Two Supermarine Seagulls took part in the King's Cup Air Race of 1924, one being forced to make an emergency landing on the old racecourse at Blaydon-on-Tyne when the propeller shattered.

 MODELSupermarine Seagull I
 ENGINE1 x 450hp Napier Lion pusher engine
    Take-off weight2477 kg5461 lb
    Wingspan13.99 m46 ft 11 in
    Length10.51 m35 ft 6 in
    Height4.11 m14 ft 6 in
    Max. speed129 km/h80 mph
    Ceiling2743 m9000 ft
 ARMAMENT1 x 7.7mm machine gun

Supermarine Seal / Seagull

Supermarine Seal

Barry, 18.09.2012

Looking at the photographs,I have to say that this is the most unusual "pusher" engine. Is the plane in the upper phto flying backwards?

Pete Andre, 11.01.2010

Hi Josette,
The aircraft, almost certainly, was Supermarine Seagull, G-AAIZ of the Jersey airline "Tour and Travel Limited". T&T flew between Southampton (Woolston) and the Channel Islands in the summer of 1929.
The route was closed by Imperial Airways in February 1929 when its Calcutta flying boats were transferred to the Mediterranean for the opening of the United Kingdom-India service.
With the withdrawal of Imperial Airways, the Jersey company Tour and Travel Association proposed to re-start the service between Southampton and Jersey – calling at St Peter Port (Guernsey) when requested. The Supermarine Seagull, G-AAIZ was purchased and was eventually granted its C of A on July 10th 1929. Flying commenced the next day when it departed Woolston at 14:00, arrived St Peter Port at 16:00, and with 6 passengers (a wedding party) it departed for Jersey and arrived there at 18:45. There was no service between 8th August and 30th August while IZ was repaired after striking a rock during take-off at a low spring tide outside St Helier. On 2nd September the pilot S Kirsten landed off Southsea with engine trouble and taxied all the way inshore. This was the last flight of Tour and Travel.
In summer of 1929 T&T had been Britain’s only domestic airline.

Hope this helps....if you are able to digitise your pic I would love to see it. I am currently trying to write (for my own personal satistfaction) a history of aviation in the island of Guernsey from WW1 to the present day. So far I have not found any pictures of G-AIIZ anywhere.

Best Regards

Pete Andre

Josette Fancourt, 29.10.2007

I have recently acquired a photo of my grandparents standing next to what appears to be the above seaplane with its wings folded back, photo probably taken c1920/30 on the pier in Jersey CI. Can only see the following ID:- G-AA and ...OUR TRAVEL A L. Would love to know more about the history behind the photo. Can you help please?

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