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Supermarine Seamew Aircraft Information

Supermarine Seamew

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Role: Amphibian
Manufacturer: Supermarine
First flight: 9 January 1928
Primary user: RAF
Number built: 2

The Supermarine Seamew was a British twin engined amphibian, built by the Supermarine company, intended as a small, shipborne aircraft.

Design and development

The Seamew featured a wooden hull and two bay biplane wings with mainplanes utilizing a metal composite construction with fabric covering and braced tail unit with twin fins and rudders. Amphibian equipment included a retractable main undercarriage with fixed tailskid. The crew of three had a single pilot in the nose cockpit, a forward gunner behind the pilot but forward of the lower wing and rear gunner aft of the lower wing. The Seamew prototype N212 made its maiden flight on 9 January 1928.

Operational history

Only two Seamew examples were built as the later Supermarine Walrus was considered more viable. The fictional "Biggles" character in the W.E. Johns' adventure series flew a Supermarine Seamew.


United Kingdom

Royal Air Force

Specifications (Seamew)

Data from Supermarine Aircraft since 1914

General characteristics

Crew: 3 (pilot and two gunners)
Length: 36 ft 5⅜ in (11.12 m)
Wingspan: 45 ft 11 in (14.00 m)
Height: 15 ft 1 in (4.60 m)
Wing area: 610 ft (56.7 m)
Airfoil: Goettingen 387
Empty weight: 4,675 lb (2,120 kg)
Loaded weight: 5,800 lb (2,631 kg)
Powerplant: 2x Armstrong Siddeley Lynx IV 7-cylinder radial, 238 hp (178 kW) each


Maximum speed: 153 km/h (83 kn, 95 mph) at 2,000 ft
Rate of climb: 523 ft/min (2.7 m/s)
Endurance: 3 hours


2 x .303 in (7.7 mm) Lewis Guns


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