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Supermarine Walrus No. 276 Squadron, Royal Air Force, World War II 

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Supermarine Walrus No. 276 Squadron, Royal Air Force, World War II

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The Supermarine Seagull was a British amphibian biplane flying boat developed from the Supermarine Seal by the Supermarine company. The Seagull was constructed of wood. The lower wing was set in the shoulder position and had two bays. The engine was mounted in a nacelle slung from the upper wing and powered a four-blade propeller in tractor configuration. The fuselage had an oval cross-section and had a planing bottom with two steps.

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Supermarine Walrus (03:36)
Copyright © 2012 Malcolm Auld This video material may not be used in any form, without written permission. The Walrus was initially developed for service from cruisers in response to a request from the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF), and was originally called the Seagull V; although there was little resemblance to the earlier Supermarine Seagull III. It was designed to be launched from ship-borne catapults, and was the first amphibious aircraft in the world to be launched by catapult with a full military load. The lower wings of this biplane were set in the shoulder position with a stabilising float mounted under each one, with its horizontal tail-surfaces being positioned high on the tail-fin. The wings could be folded on ship, giving a stowage width of 17 feet 11 inches (5.46 m). The single Bristol Pegasus VI radial engine was housed in a nacelle slung from the centre section of the upper wing and powered a four-blade propeller in pusher configuration. The propeller consisted of two, two-bladed wooden propellers that were bolted onto the same hub, but offset by ninety degrees. The vortex of air created by the propeller created unequal forces on the rudder, making the aircraft yaw. The engine was offset by three degrees to starboard to counter this. There were positions for two pilots. The left-hand position was the main one, with an instrument panel and a fixed seat. Although the aircraft typically flew with one pilot, there was a right-hand, co-pilot's seat . This could be folded away to allow access to the nose gun-position, via a crawl-way. One of the more unusual characteristics of the aircraft was that the control column was not a fixed fitting in the usual way, but could be unplugged from either of two sockets at floor level. It became a habit for only one column to be in use; and when control was passed from the pilot to co-pilot or vice-versa, the control column would simply be unplugged and handed over. Behind the cockpit, there was a small cabin with work stations for a navigator and a radio operator. As the Walrus was stressed to a level suitable for catapult-launching, rather surprisingly for such an ungainly-looking machine, it could be looped and bunted.This was first done by the test pilot Joseph Summers, flying the prototype at the SBAC show at Hendon in June 1933, this feat surprised even R. J. Mitchell, who was amongst the spectators. However, in practice any water in the bilges would make its presence felt. This usually discouraged the pilot from any future aerobatics on this type. The strength of the aircraft was demonstrated in 1935, when the prototype was attached to the battleship HMS Nelson at Gibraltar. With the naval commander-in-chief on board (Admiral Roger Backhouse) the pilot attempted a water touch-down, but with the undercarriage accidentally lowered. The Walrus was immediately flipped over but the occupants only had minor injuries; the machine was later repaired and returned to flight. Soon afterwards, the Walrus became one of the first aircraft to be fitted with an undercarriage position indicator on the instrument panel. When flying from a warship, the Walrus would be recovered by touching-down alongside, then being lifted from the sea by a ship's crane. The aircraft's lifting-gear was kept in a compartment in the section of wing directly above the engine - one of the Walrus crew would climb onto the top wing and attach this to the crane hook. This was a straightforward procedure in calm waters, but could be very difficult if the conditions were rough. Armament usually consisted of two .303 in (7.7 mm) Vickers K machine guns, one in each of the "open" positions in the nose and rear fuselage; with the capability of carrying 760 pounds (340 kg) of bombs or depth charges mounted beneath the lower wings. Like other flying boats, the Walrus carried marine equipment for use on the water, including an anchor, towing and mooring cables, drogues and a boat-hook. The RAAF ordered 24 examples directly off the drawing boards, under the Seagull V 'A2' designation, which were delivered for service from cruisers from 1935; followed by orders from the Royal Air Force with the first production Walrus, serial number K5772, flying on 16 March, 1936. It was also hoped to capitalise on the aircraft's successful exports to Japan, Spain, etc.
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  1. flies fine but landing on a ground landing might be sketchy 4 Star Review

    Posted by on 12th Dec 2019

    As always, this arrived nicely packaged and and with a friendly greeting from the Aikens team. Nicely detailed and nicely finished model which and the paint scheme is just what I wanted. This plane for some reason, has always fascinated me since I was a school boy. Not sure why but I think it might have been something to do with it's amazing versatility, yet seemingly archaic appearance
    Only downer was that it came with two left landing gears for the 'down' position and not a left and right. Bit of a shame as I like to display all my models in gear down configuration
    Luckily it came with left and right 'up' position landing gears and I fitted these instead. Reconciled to the fact that because it's a flying boat it's gear is always down... kind of.