Supermarine Sea Otter
1938
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Supermarine Sea Otter

The Sea Otter amphibious biplane was designed to replace the Walrus on reconnaissance and general duties, including air-sea rescue. It was produced before World War II and went into service with the RAF and FAA during the war. A total of 290 was built. After the war a number were modified for civil use with the normal military equipment removed. Power was provided by one 637kW Bristol Mercury 30 radial, giving a maximum level speed of 241km/h.


Specification 
 ENGINE1 x Bristol Mercury XXX, 638kW
 WEIGHTS
    Take-off weight4530 kg9987 lb
    Empty weight3080 kg6790 lb
 DIMENSIONS
    Wingspan14.02 m46 ft 0 in
    Length12.01 m39 ft 5 in
    Height4.93 m16 ft 2 in
    Wing area56.67 m2609.99 sq ft
 PERFORMANCE
    Max. speed241 km/h150 mph
    Cruise speed161 km/h100 mph
    Ceiling4875 m16000 ft
    Range900-1160 km559 - 721 miles
 ARMAMENT3 x 7.7mm machine-gun

Comments
Frank Dawson, 14.01.2014

I was in Hong Kong Kaitak 1946 I worked and flew in the Sea Otters.Great little Aircraft. We where a Air Sea rescue squadron.

Gordon Hammond, g.hammond=virgin.net, 14.11.2010

I was in the FRleet Air Arm based in Malta in 1952 and we had two of these aircraft based there. They were used for Sea rescue when the aircraft from Aicraft carriers were on training flights. Unfortunately we lost two as their were not very watertight and sank.

Gordon Hammond, g.hammond=virgin.net, 14.11.2010

I was in the FRleet Air Arm based in Malta in 1952 and we had two of these aircraft based there. They were used for Sea rescue when the aircraft from Aicraft carriers were on training flights. Unfortunately we lost two as their were not very watertight and sank.

Justin, j=greylizard.net, 11.04.2008

Thanks for giving me permission to use this picture on my Bigglesforum.com

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