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Supermarine Sea Otter ASR Mk.1
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The Sea Otter was developed to succeed the Supermarine Walrus and made its maiden flight on September 23, 1938.
It had a great resemblance with it predecessor, but was equipped with a pulling air screw.
The Sea Otter was also faster and had a larger range.
Initially, the prototype was equipped with a Bristol Perseus XI with a two-bladed propeller, which was soon replaced by a three-bladed propeller.
Only in January 1942 the first production order was received. Due to problems with the cooling with the Perseus engine, the engine for the production aircraft became a Bristol Mercury XXX.
The Seaotter was used by both the RAF and the Royal Navy for Air-Sea Rescue (ASR) and patrol work.
Ultimately, there are 290 units built, all by Saunders-Roe, as Supermarine did not have any capacity available.
- Sea Otter I:
- for reconnaissance and communications duties.
- Sea Otter II:
- for air sea rescue.
|Length:||12,19 m||Wingspan:||14,02 m|
|Height:||4,93 m||Wing area:||56 m2|
|Empty weight:||- kg||Max. start weight:||. kg|
|Max. speed:||247 km/hr||Rate of climb:||265 m/min|
|Cruising speed:||193 km/hr|
|Range:||1550 km||Service ceiling:||5181 m|
|Engine type:||One Bristol Mercury XXX of 955 hp|